Coy definition

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(obs.) Quiet; silent.
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Affecting innocence or shyness, esp. in a playful or coquettish manner.
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Unwilling to make a commitment or divulge information.
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(archaic) To behave in a coy way.
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(obs.) To pet or caress.
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Affectedly and often flirtatiously shy or modest.
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A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.
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(archaic) Inaccessible; secluded.
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The definition of coy is pretending or appearing to be shy or modest in an attempt to be playful or flirtatious, or a reluctance to provide information or make a commitment.

An example of coy is a woman who bats her eyelashes and pretends to be helpless and innocent.

An example of coy is when you are shy about admitting your age.

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(archaic) Quiet, reserved, modest.
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Tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved.
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Characterized by or suggesting such shyness or modesty.
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(obs.) Disdainfully aloof.
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Shrinking from contact or familiarity with others; bashful; shy.
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Primly reserved; demure.
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(dated) Bashful, shy, retiring.
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Reluctant to give details about something sensitive; notably prudish.
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Pretending shyness or modesty, especially in an insincere or flirtatious way.
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Soft, gentle, hesitating.
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To allure; to decoy.
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Reticent or evasive, as in making a commitment.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
coy
Plural:
coys

Adjective

Base Form:
coy
Comparative:
coyer
Superlative:
coyest

Origin of coy

  • Middle English from Old French quei, coi quiet, still from Vulgar Latin quētus from Latin quiētus past participle of quiēscere to rest kweiə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French coi, earlier quei (“quiet, still”), from Latin quietus (“resting, at rest”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare decoy.

    From Wiktionary