[k_ˈɔɪ], [kˈɔ͡ɪ], [kˈɔ‍ɪ]

Definitions of coy:

  1.   To behave with reserve or coyness; to shrink from approach or familiarity.
  2.   Soft; gentle; hesitating.
  3.   Shy; bashful; modest.
  4.   Coyly.
  5.   modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures; " like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled"
  6.   To allure; to entice; to decoy.
  7.   affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
  8.   showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement; " a politician coy about his intentions"
  9.   Modest; bashful; demure; shy.
  10.   Shrinking from approach or familiarity; reserved; bashful; shy; modest; -- usually applied to women, sometimes with an implication of coquetry.
  11.   Shrinking from familiarity; reserved, modest, or bashful.
  12.   To make difficulty; to be unwilling.
  13.   Modest: bashful: shy.
  14.   Shrinking from notice; shy; coquettish.
  15.   Coyness.
  16.   To behave with reserve; to be distant.
  17.   Quiet; still.
  18.   Bashful; modest; reserved; not accessible.
  19.   To caress with the hand; to stroke.

Antonyms for coy:

extroverted, convivial, overbold, gregarious, boon, dashing, bold, brash, forward, companionable, social, forceful, outgoing, sociable, immodest, uninhibited, clubbable, unreserved, definite.

Quotes for coy:

  1. I knew that this was what I wanted to talk about on stage. There was no point being coy about it, or pretending that I wasn't gay. That was the substance of my whole act. If you took that away, there would be nothing left. – Julian Clary
  2. I'm not trying to be coy here; we're just not prepared to give a lot of detail about our thinking, but we will be making some announcements in the coming months. – Jim Walton

Usage examples for coy:

  1. Was she coy toward him? ” – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck
  2. “ I danced straight up to that side of beef with the diamonds still on it, and flinging my arms about her, turned a coy eye on the Bishop. ” – In the Bishop's Carriage by Miriam Michelson
  3. Congress, that had no virtue, or if it had, its quality was too hard for use, was for ever standing in admiration of its beauty and whiteness, as a member or two since expelled had been pleased to call it, and was as scrupulous of having it called in question as a coy damsel. ” – The Life and Adventures of Maj. Roger Sherman Potter by "Pheleg Van Trusedale" A pseudonym for Francis Colburn Adams
  4. “ To our surprise the Bluestocking began to blush, and her blush is not the coy irresponsible flushing of an ordinary girl, but a painful rush of blood to the face under stress of deep earnestness, the kind of blush which forces one to look away. ” – Modern marriage and how to bear it by Maud Churton Braby
  5. If he should be caught and put in confinement, he is very ferocious, or dies of ennui; but he is much too coy and clever to be easily entrapped. ” – Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals by R. Lee
  6. If you could get either of these two alone in a confidential mood you might learn some curious particulars of their coy neighbour; and not the least curious would be the effect of his changing the glass of the first floor windows. ” – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  7. “ " She is still coy said the young Spaniard, telling Ulrich to wait at the narrow door, which opened upon the balcony. ” – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  8. Here waving groves a checkered scene display, And part admit and part exclude the day, As some coy nymph her lover's warm address Not quite indulges, nor can quite repress. ” – Cowper by Goldwin Smith
  9. “ A soft reply Came to thy lips, and I was like to die To hear thee make such coy confessions there. ” – Love Letters of a Violinist and Other Poems by Eric Mackay
  10. And you met him there, in the Tottenham Court Road- by appointment, I suppose, with a coy carnation in your buttonhole. ” – Foe-Farrell by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  11. “ Koosje, if a trifle coy was pleasant and sweet; Jan as fine a fellow as ever waited round a corner on a cold winter night. ” – Stories By English Authors: Germany by Various
  12. “ Mr. Knettle, deceased, became irritated, and fired three shots from a revolver into the head of his coy sweetheart, while she was making believe to run away from him. ” – The Fiend's Delight by Dod Grile
  13. Too opportune to be sincere, this condemnation of his first liaison cannot but be regarded as an incense of flattery offered to the coy goddess of his later vows. ” – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  14. At high tide the coy reef withdrew entirely within the briny deep, so that the unromantic and unsightly scow was not visible and the island stood in all its wild and floral beauty, a vision of picturesque delight for three or four hours each day at full tide. ” – Pee-Wee Harris Adrift by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  15. Even then he wouldn't understand, but preferred to think that I was shy, nervous, coy anything rather than simply and absolutely truthful. ” – The Heart of Una Sackville by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  16. The delicate, coy grace which invested her, it is difficult to describe it or the effect of it. ” – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  17. He had never had a faint heart, young as he was, but he had been dealing with an exceedingly coy and high- spirited mistress. ” – A Houseful of Girls by Sarah Tytler
  18. Because, like a coy maiden, I named the day. ” – The Dominant Strain by Anna Chapin Ray
  19. “ A smile, as coy as it is tender, curves her dainty lips, as she lifts to his two, soft, dewy eyes, in which the light of a first love has at last been fully kindled. ” – Rossmoyne by Unknown

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