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 coyly
Carter coyly characterizes the setting as “a room” and the time period as “yes.”The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)|Samuel Fragoso|October 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If he coyly waffles this time around, his support will evaporate quicker than you can say Fred Thompson.
Verveer is headed for a prestigious think-tank spot, but she coyly provided no details.
Coyly, Rosenfeld chooses does not to identify whom he believes were the true subversives.The FBI’s Harassment and Spying on 1960s Students Revealed in 'Subversives' by Seth Rosenfeld|Michael Kazin|August 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But when I asked Haneke if he agrees with this argument, he coyly replied, “If you like.”Michael Haneke Film ‘Amour’ Explores Euthanasia and the Purity of Love|Richard Porton|May 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But it was all forgotten the next moment, as he sprang after the she-wolf, who was coyly leading him a chase through the woods.White Fang|Jack London
"I haven't got used to it meself yet," Mrs. Baker-Bridges said coyly.The War-Workers|E.M. Delafield
The highly coloured Kite, reaching down from the mantelpiece a paper fan, held it coyly before her face.Passing of the Third Floor Back|Jerome K. Jerome
How coyly does she dispose her garments and floating drapery to hide the too-maddening symmetry of her limbs!The Bon Gaultier Ballads|William Edmonstoune Aytoun
The girl held a tight grip on the leash and looked at him coyly.The Monster|S. M. Tenneshaw
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.