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coyly

[ koi-lee ]
/ ˈkɔɪ li /
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adverb

in a hesitant or indirect manner:The painting shows an eighteenth-century lady flirting with a coyly blushing young knight.
in a shy or modest manner:She read the note and thanked him coyly.
in a way that shows usually insincere or affected reluctance: When asked about the movie, she coyly replied, "It's a big secret; I’m not going to tell anybody."

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Origin of coyly

coy + -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM coyly

o·ver·coy·ly, adverbun·coy·ly, adverb
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