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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.

coy

(kɔɪ)
adj
1. (usually of a woman) affectedly demure, esp in a playful or provocative manner
2. shy; modest
3. evasive, esp in an annoying way
[C14: from Old French coi reserved, from Latin quiētus quiet]
ˈcoyish adj
ˈcoyishly adv
ˈcoyishness n
ˈcoyly adv
ˈcoyness n

coy

(kɔɪ)

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.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French coi, quoy calm, Old French quei < Vulgar Latin *quētus, for Latin quiētus quiet1]
coy′ish, adj.
coy′ly, adv.
coy′ness, n.

coy

, quiet - Coy and quiet derive from Latin quietus, "at rest, in repose," with coy coming from the Old French form coi (earlier quei), and quiet coming straight from Latin; the original sense of coy was "quiet, still."
See also related terms for quiet.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.coy - affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
modest - not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance
2.coy - showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement; "a politician coy about his intentions"
indefinite - vague or not clearly defined or stated; "must you be so indefinite?"; "amorphous blots of color having vague and indefinite edges"; "he would not answer so indefinite a proposal"
3.coy - modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures; "like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled"
timid - showing fear and lack of confidence

coy

adjective
1. modest, retiring, shy, shrinking, arch, timid, self-effacing, demure, flirtatious, bashful, prudish, skittish, coquettish, kittenish, overmodest She was modest without being coy.
modest forward, bold, brash, saucy, pushy (informal), brazen, shameless, pert, brassy (informal), impertinent, impudent, brass-necked (Brit. informal), flip (informal)
2. uncommunicative, mum, secretive, reserved, quiet, silent, evasive, taciturn, unforthcoming, tight-lipped, close-lipped The hotel are understandably coy about the incident.

coy

adjective
1. Not forward but reticent or reserved in manner:
2. Given to flirting:
Translations
خَجول
stydlivýupejpavý
koket
szemérmes
sem er ekki jafn feiminn og hann lætur
apsimestinai droviaiapsimestinai drovusapsimestinis drovumaskukliaikuklumas
biklskautrīgs
hanblivý

coy

[kɔɪ] ADJ (coyer (compar) (coyest (superl)))
1. (= demure) [person, smile] → tímido (pej) (= coquettish) → coqueta, coquetón
2. (= evasive) → esquivo, reticente

coy

[ˈkɔɪ] adj
(= shy) [person] → faussement effarouché(e), faussement timide
(= coquettish) [smile] → séducteur/trice
(= reticent) → évasif/ive
to be coy over sth, to be coy about sth → être évasif/ive à propos de qch

coy

adj (+er) (= affectedly shy)verschämt; (= coquettish)neckisch, kokett; (= evasive)zurückhaltend; to be coy about something (= shy)in Bezug auf etw (acc)verschämt tun; (= evasive)sich ausweichend zu etw äußern

coy

[kɔɪ] adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (affectedly shy, person) → che fa il/la vergognoso/a; (smile) → falsamente timido/a; (evasive) → evasivo/a; (coquettish) → civettuolo/a

coy

(koi) adjective
(pretending to be) shy. She gave her brother's friend a coy smile.
ˈcoyly adverb
ˈcoyness noun
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