gun-shy

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Adjective[change]

Positive
gun-shy

Comparative
more gun-shy

Superlative
most gun-shy

  1. If someone or something is gun-shy, they are afraid of guns.
    Although her father was a hunter, the little girl was gun-shy.
  2. If someone or something is gun-shy, they are scared of the sound guns make.
    The dog was gun-shy of fireworks and thunder.
  3. If someone or something is gun-shy, they are fearful or wary, especially because of past experience.
    After crashing the car, I was gun-shy of driving.