shyness etymology

English word shyness comes from English -ness, English shy

Detailed word origin of shyness

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ness English (eng) Appended to adjectives to form nouns meaning "the state of being(the adjective)", "the quality of being(the adjective)", or "the measure of being(the adjective)".. Appended to words of other parts of speech to form nouns (often nonce words or terms in philosophy) meaning the state/quality/measure of the idea represented by these words.
shy English (eng) (intransitive) To avoid due to timidness or caution.. (intransitive) To jump back in fear.. (transitive) to throw sideways with a jerk; to fling (informal) Short, insufficient or less than.. Cautious; wary; suspicious.. Easily frightened; timid.. Embarrassed. (Can we add an example for this sense?). Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach. A place for throwing.. A sudden start aside, as [...]
shyness English (eng) The quality of being shy; a fear of social interactions.

Words with the same origin as shyness

Descendants of -ness
awareness cleanliness craziness darkness dizziness emptiness express fondness foolishness happiness highness illness kindness nothingness readiness selfishness strength talent tenderness ugliness unhappiness weakness weirdness willingness
Descendants of shy
shieth shiness