- artfully or affectedly shy or reserved; slyly hesitant; coquettish.
- shy; modest.
- showing reluctance, especially when insincere or affected, to reveal one's plans or opinions, make a commitment, or take a stand: The mayor was coy about his future political aspirations.
- Archaic. disdainful; aloof.
- Obsolete. quiet; reserved.
- Archaic. to act in a coy manner.
- to quiet; soothe.
- to pat; caress.
Origin of coy
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Examples from the Web for coying
She threw from her, at once, as vain and wicked and false, all idea of coying her love.The Eustace Diamonds
- (usually of a woman) affectedly demure, esp in a playful or provocative manner
- shy; modest
- evasive, esp in an annoying way
Word Origin and History for coying
early 14c., "quiet, modest, demure," from Old French coi, earlier quei "quiet, still, placid, gentle," ultimately from Latin quietus "resting, at rest" (see quiet (n.)). Meaning "shy" emerged late 14c. Meaning "unwilling to commit" is 1961. Related: Coyly; coyness.