adjective, coy·er, coy·est.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object) Obsolete.
Origin of coy
British Dictionary definitions for coyish
Word Origin for coy
Word Origin and History for coyish
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.