adjective, coy·er, coy·est.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object) Obsolete.
- coxsackie encephalitis,
- coxsackie virus,
- coxwell chair,
- coyote state
Origin of coy
Examples from the Web for coy
Romney is coy at best about 2016, although his old running mate, Paul Ryan, wants him to run.
At his press conference, Obama was coy about future changes in immigration law through executive order.In Passover Phone Conversation, Eric Cantor Slams Obama|Eleanor Clift|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Did Mia stop to think how her coy tease might be perceived by the widow Sinatra?
At least he isn't pulling a Taylor Swift and trying to be coy about who the song is about.Lady Gaga Goes Naked on ‘ARTPOP’ Album Cover, Miley Cyrus Insults Matt Lauer’s Sex Life|Culture Team|October 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Coy readers should heed the lesson learned by the young woman in “The Squirrel.”Read This and Blush: Naughty Medieval French Tales|Yunte Huang|June 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"Coy Maiden" is a graceful thing, but hardly deserves the punishment of so horrible a name.Contemporary American Composers|Rupert Hughes
If Mr. Donald Estey had expected Mrs. Darling to be shy and coy at his advances, he found himself entirely mistaken.The Road to Understanding|Eleanor H. Porter
This was his ingenious way of storming the citadel of the coy maiden's affections.Second Book of Tales|Eugene Field
Why should she hesitate, and play the coy girl, and pretend to any doubts in her mind which did not exist there?The Belton Estate|Anthony Trollope
From this point to the end is the work of a later period, and in his best manner, though unsuited to the coy Clerk.Chaucer's Works, Volume 5 (of 7) -- Notes to the Canterbury Tales|Geoffrey Chaucer
Word Origin for coy
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.