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coy

[ koi ]
/ kɔɪ /
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adjective, coy·er, coy·est.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to act in a coy manner.
verb (used with object) Obsolete.
to quiet; soothe.
to pat; caress.
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Origin of coy

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Anglo-French coi, quoy “calm,” Old French quei, from unattested Vulgar Latin quētus, for Latin quiētus quiet

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How to use coy in a sentence

  • In thy talk and in thy toying, In thy jest and in thy joying, In thy kissing, in thy 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 coy (1 of 2)

coy
/ (kɔɪ) /

adjective
(usually of a woman) affectedly demure, esp in a playful or provocative manner
shy; modest
evasive, esp in an annoying way

Derived forms of coy

coyish, adjectivecoyly, adverbcoyness, noun

Word Origin for coy

C14: from Old French coi reserved, from Latin quiētus quiet

British Dictionary definitions for coy (2 of 2)

Coy.
/ military /

abbreviation for
company
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