coyly


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coy

 (koi)
adj. coy·er, coy·est
1.
a. Affectedly and often flirtatiously shy or modest: "I pictured myself as some sylvan deity, and she a coy wood nymph of whom I was in pursuit" (Washington Irving).
b. Characterized by or suggesting such shyness or modesty: "How absurd I must have looked standing there before him ... a coy little simper on my foolish young face" (Jane Avrich).
2. Unwilling to make a commitment or divulge information: "As a child, when I asked my mother her age she was coy and evasive" (Lynne Sharon Schwartz).
3. Tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved: "The children were staring up at him, too coy to question him and too curious not to stare" (Edwidge Danticat).

[Middle English, from Old French quei, coi, quiet, still, from Vulgar Latin *quētus, from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere, to rest; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.]

coy′ly adv.
coy′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.coyly - in a coy manner; "she pouted and looked at him coyly"
Translations
بِخَجَـل
ostýchavě
koket
feimnislega
hanblivo
utangaç bir şekilde

coyly

[ˈkɔɪlɪ] ADV
1. (= demurely) → tímidamente (pej) (= coquettishly) → con coquetería
2. (= evasively) → con evasivas

coyly

[ˈkɔɪli] adv
(= coquettishly) [smile] → avec coquetterie
(= euphemistically) [say, describe] → euphémiquement
(= evasively) [refuse, explain, answer] → évasivement

coyly

adv (= shyly) smile, lookschüchtern, verschämt; (= evasively) say, answer, refuseausweichend

coyly

[ˈkɔɪlɪ] adv (smile) → con falsa timidezza; (answer) → evasivamente; (coquettishly) → con civetteria

coy

(koi) adjective
(pretending to be) shy. She gave her brother's friend a coy smile.
ˈcoyly adverb
ˈcoyness noun
References in classic literature ?
Michael had responded coyly with an assumption of dignified aloofness that was given the lie by the eager tilt of his ears and the good-humour that shone in his eyes.
Yes, after the black tulip," sighed Rosa, who at last no longer coyly withdrew her warm hands from the grating, as Cornelius most affectionately kissed them.
And he measured her in a careless way, and knew, bold now, that she would begin to retreat, coyly and delicately, as he pursued, ever ready to reverse the game should he turn fainthearted.
He tried to sniff noses with her, but she retreated playfully and coyly.
He soon returned, bearing the same in a fresh cabbage-leaf, where it coyly embraced a rasher of ham.
The young lady, who had been coyly affecting not to know that a gentleman was so near, turned round as Sam spoke--no doubt (indeed she said so, afterwards) to decline this offer from a perfect stranger--when instead of speaking, she started back, and uttered a half-suppressed scream.
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