- –adj.1. shy or modest; bashful.2. acting more shy than one really is; coquettishly reserved: »
I am not trying to hide anything…and I'm certainly not being coy (Newsweek).–v.t.–v.i.Archaic.1. to act or behave coyly; affect shyness or reserve.2. to be slow or reluctant; make difficulty.╂[< Old French coi, earlier quei < Vulgar Latin quētus, for Latin quiētus at rest. See etym. of doublets quiet1 (Cf. ↑quiet) and quit, adjective. (Cf. ↑quit)]–coy´ly, a.–coy´ness, noun.
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coy — coy·dog; coy·ly; coy·ness; coy·nye; coy·pu; mc·coy; to·bac·coy; coy; coy·ote; de·coy; coy·pou; … English syllables
coy´ly — coy «koy», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. shy or modest; bashful. 2. acting more shy than one really is; coquettishly reserved: »I am not trying to hide anything…and I m certainly not being coy (Newsweek). –v.t. 1. to render quiet; calm; … Useful english dictionary
coy — [[t]kɔɪ[/t]] adj. coy•er, coy•est 1) artfully or affectedly shy or reserved; coquettish 2) shy; modest 3) reluctant to reveal one s plans, make a commitment, or take a stand 4) Obs. quiet; reserved • Etymology: 1300–50; ME < AF coi, quoy calm … From formal English to slang
qui´et|ness — qui|et1 «KWY uht», adjective, verb, adverb. –adj. 1. making no sound; with little or no noise; silent; hushed: »quiet footsteps, a quiet street. The holy time is quiet as a nun Breathless with adoration (Wordsworth). 2. moving very little; still; … Useful english dictionary
bash´ful|ness — bash|ful «BASH fuhl», adjective. 1. uneasy in the presence of strangers; easily embarrassed; shy: »The little girl was too bashful to greet us. SYNONYM(S): timid, coy, diffident. See syn. under shy. (Cf. ↑shy) 2. of or like that of a bashful… … Useful english dictionary
de|mure´ness — de|mure «dih MYUR», adjective, mur|er, mur|est. 1. seeming more modest and proper than one really is; coy: »the demure smile of a flirt. SYNONYM(S): prim. See syn. under modest. (Cf. ↑ … Useful english dictionary
skit´tish|ness — skit|tish «SKIHT ihsh», adjective. 1. apt to start, jump, or run; easily frightened: »a skittish horse. SYNONYM(S): excitable. 2. fickle; changeable: »a skittish wind. SYNONYM(S): capricious, volatile … Useful english dictionary
coyness — coy·ness … English syllables
Coyness — Coy ness, n. The quality of being coy; feigned o? bashful unwillingness to become familiar; reserve. [1913 Webster] When the kind nymph would coyness feign, And hides but to be found again. Dryden. Syn: Reserve; shrinking; shyness; backwardness;… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
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