to be shy

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by soleil-sol, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. soleil-sol Senior Member

    Buon giorno,
    I would like to know if there is a nice way to say someone is shy. My dictionary says the word is timido or timida. However, timido sounds too strong a word for me. Is there a less formal way to say shy, a more social way to say shy?
    Grazie Mille
  2. Tegs

    Tegs Mód ar líne

    English (Ireland)
    Hi there,

    Can you tell us a bit about the context and provide a sentence where you want to use this word?
  3. pebblespebbles

    pebblespebbles Senior Member

    "Timido" is not formal at all. How do you say "shy" in a more social way? "Riservato" could work but I think is more formal. And it means someone that doesn't like talk about himself
  4. johngiovanni

    johngiovanni Senior Member

    "È un po' riservato" ?
  5. soleil-sol Senior Member

    Buon giorno. I would like to say My friend is shy. (is very quiet, not talkative)
  6. Anja.Ann

    Anja.Ann Senior Member

    Ciao Soleil-sol,

    Actually, your dictionary is correct. :) I mean, "timido" is not stronger than "shy".
    You could also say "è introverso", "è taciturno", "è una persona quieta", "è una persona riservata", but "timido" conveys all of the above nuances. :)
  7. marykar New Member

    "è una persona tranquilla"

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