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Meaning of COY

Pronunciation:  koy

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures; "like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled"
  2. [adj]  showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement; "a politician coy about his intentions"
  3. [adj]  affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way

COY is a 3 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: demure, indefinite, modest, overmodest, timid



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Coy\ (koi), a. [OE. coi quiet, still, OF. coi, coit, fr.L.
    quietus quiet, p. p. of quiescere to rest, quie rest; prob.
    akin to E. while. See {While}, and cf. {Quiet}, {Quit},
    1. Quiet; still. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    2. Shrinking from approach or familiarity; reserved; bashful;
       shy; modest; -- usually applied to women, sometimes with
       an implication of coquetry.
             Coy, and difficult to win.            --Cowper.
             Coy and furtive graces.               --W. Irving.
             Nor the coy maid, half willings to be pressed, Shall
             kiss the cup, to pass it to the rest. --Goldsmith.
    3. Soft; gentle; hesitating.
             Enforced hate, Instead of love's coy touch, shall
             rudely tear thee.                     --Shak.
    Syn: Shy; shriking; reserved; modest; bashful; backward;
  2. \Coy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coyed} (koid); p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To allure; to entice; to decoy. [Obs.]
             A wiser generation, who have the art to coy the
             fonder sort into their nets.          --Bp. Rainbow.
    2. To caress with the hand; to stroke.
             Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed, While I
             thy amiable cheeks do coy.            --Shak.
  3. \Coy\, v. i.
    1. To behave with reserve or coyness; to shrink from approach
       or familiarity. [Obs.]
             Thus to coy it, With one who knows you too! --Rowe.
    2. To make difficulty; to be unwilling. [Obs.]
             If he coyed To hear Cominius speak, I 'll keep at
             home.                                 --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: amative, amatory, arch, bashful, capricious, caressive, confused, conscious, coquettish, decent, decorous, demure, diffident, flirtatious, flirty, inarticulate, kittenish, lively, mischievous, mousy, nice, playful, proper, rabbity, retiring, roguish, seemly, self-conscious, self-effacing, sexual, shamefaced, shamefast, shy, skittish, stammering, timid, timorous, unassertive, unassured