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 coyness
They, however, like Saiawush in the Shahnamah, are fond of coyness until they have determined to yield to the force of love.Oriental Women|Edward Bagby Pollard
From time to time he rallied him on his coyness under the fascinations of beef-steak, lager beer, apricots and Devonshire cream.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
The interest excited in the village, though real, was hardly enough to bring a serious blush to the face of coyness.The Trumpet-Major|Thomas Hardy
Mrs. Butters' coyness and refusal to be embraced because of the flask of coffee in her bosom is an instance of this.A Woman's Part in a Revolution|Natalie Harris Hammond
On his side there is no backwardness now; on hers no coyness, no mock modesty.The Death Shot|Mayne Reid
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.