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照れ屋さん means "a shy person", but I don't understand why there's a さん. When I googled it I saw the usage of さん was nearly universal, but Google didn't say why.

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What do you mean by "name is shy"? 照れ屋さん means "a shy person" as a whole.

屋 is a suffix with various meanings, one of which is "person who tends to do ~" or simply "-er". Examples:

  • 照れ屋: a shy person
  • 頑張り屋: a hard worker
  • 寂しがり屋: someone who gets lonely easily; someone who cannot stand alone
  • 気取り屋: a smug person
  • 分からず屋: a stubborn/hardheaded person

This -さん has little to do with the meaning, but it is making the ~屋 word sound more friendly and/or prettier. Please see the links in the comment section. (It's not usually used with derogatory words like 気取り屋.)

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  • I don't understand why for example " Naruto-chan is a shy person" needs to be made friendlier and prettier? Why this adjective and not others?
    – Can't Read
    May 15, 2020 at 7:55
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    @Can'tRead English also has suffixes used solely to make a word sound "cute". For example "-ie" as in "doggie" is an example (see this). 君は照れ屋だね may sound a little negative, but 君は照れ屋さんだね sounds friendlier and gentler.
    – naruto
    May 15, 2020 at 8:05

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