[ koi ]
/ kɔɪ /
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adjective, coy·er, coy·est.
artfully or affectedly shy or reserved; slyly hesitant; coquettish.
showing reluctance, especially when insincere or affected, to reveal one's plans or opinions, make a commitment, or take a stand: The mayor was coy about his future political aspirations.
Archaic. disdainful; aloof.
Obsolete. quiet; reserved.
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
OTHER WORDS FROM coy
coy·ish, adjectivecoy·ish·ness, nouncoy·ly, adverbcoy·ness, noun
o·ver·coy, adjectiveo·ver·coy·ness, nounun·coy, adjectiveun·coy·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for coy (1 of 2)
/ (kɔɪ) /
(usually of a woman) affectedly demure, esp in a playful or provocative manner
evasive, esp in an annoying way
Derived forms of coycoyish, 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)
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