coy´ness


coy´ness
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; appease.
2. to stroke or touch soothingly; pat; caress.
–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.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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