adjective, coy·er, coy·est.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object) Obsolete.
Origin of coy
Synonyms for coy
Examples from the Web for coying
Historical Examples of coying
She threw from her, at once, as vain and wicked and false, all idea of coying her love.The Eustace Diamonds
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.