adjective, coy·er, coy·est.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object) Obsolete.
Origin of coy
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|Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for coying
Word Origin for coy
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.