coy

[k_ˈɔɪ], [kˈɔ͡ɪ], [kˈɔ‍ɪ]

Definitions of coy:

  1.   Coyly. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   Coyness. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3.   Modest; bashful; demure; shy. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Shy; bashful; modest. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5.   Shrinking from familiarity; reserved, modest, or bashful. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6.   To behave with reserve; to be distant. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7.   Modest: bashful: shy. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8.   Bashful; modest; reserved; not accessible. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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. “ 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
  2. “ 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. “ 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
  10. “ 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

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