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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
coy
adjective
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Ben thinks Leah is just being coy.
▪ Her mother encouraged her to use her feminine charm, to be coy and alluring.
▪ Teresa blushed when she saw me and turned very coy.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Cbin in hand, feet close together, there was something coy and flirty about her.
▪ He sat like a woman and talked like one, sending coy glances at all of us.
▪ Isabella, the next day, is full of coy importance, saying that Catherine must guess her secret.
▪ Marxist urban politics is now much more coy about all-embracing grand, theoretical claims.
▪ Officials are coy about the details.
▪ There was no twinkle in her eyes and no coy smile on her lips.
▪ Those who go quiet and coy even when offended need to work on this.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Coy

Coy \Coy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coyed (koid); p. pr. & vb. n. Coying.]

  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.

Coy

Coy \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, Quite.]

  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; distant.

Coy

Coy \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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
coy

early 14c., "quiet, modest, demure," from Old French coi, earlier quei "quiet, still, placid, gentle," ultimately from Latin quietus "resting, at rest" (see quiet (n.)). Meaning "shy" emerged late 14c. Meaning "unwilling to commit" is 1961. Related: Coyly; coyness.

Wiktionary
coy

Etymology 1

  1. 1 (context dated English) bashful, shy, retiring. 2 (context archaic English) quiet, reserved, modest. 3 reluctant to give details about something sensitive; notably prudish. 4 Pretending shyness or modesty, especially in an insincere or flirtatious way. 5 Soft, gentle, hesitating. v

  2. 1 (context transitive obsolete English) To caress, pet; to coax, entice. 2 (context transitive obsolete English) To calm or soothe. 3 To allure; to decoy. Etymology 2

    n. A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.

WordNet
coy
  1. adj. affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way [syn: demure, overmodest]

  2. showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement; "a politician coy about his intentions"

  3. modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures; "like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled"

Gazetteer
Coy, AR -- U.S. town in Arkansas
Population (2000): 116
Housing Units (2000): 49
Land area (2000): 0.673942 sq. miles (1.745502 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.673942 sq. miles (1.745502 sq. km)
FIPS code: 15790
Located within: Arkansas (AR), FIPS 05
Location: 34.541882 N, 91.869736 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
Coy, AR
Coy
Wikipedia
Coy

The term Coy may refer to:

Places:

  • Coy, Spain, a town in the municipality of Lorca, Spain
  • Coy, Arkansas, a small town in Lonoke County, Arkansas
  • Coy, Alabama, an unincorporated community
  • Coy Burn, a stream in Scotland
Coy (name)

Coy is both a surname and a given name. Notable people with the name include:

Surname:

  • Bernard Coy (1991), an American bank robber, famous for trying to escape from Alcatraz prison
  • Bobby Coy, English former football player
  • Eric Coy, Canadian Olympic discus thrower and shot putter
  • John Coy, American children's book author
  • Jeffrey Coy, former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Jonathan Coy, British actor
  • Juan Coy, Minister of State for Human Development in Belize
  • Michelle Coy, British bobsledder
  • Randi Coy, participant in the reality show My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance
  • Steve Coy, English drummer, manager, producer, and songwriter for new wave band Dead or Alive
  • Ted Coy, American college football player
  • Wayne Coy, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (1947-1952)

Given name:

  • Coy Gibbs, former NASCAR car driver and National Football League (NFL) assistant coach
  • Coy Bacon, former NFL player
  • Coy Bowles, guitarist and keyboardist in Zac Brown Band
  • Coy Wire, NFL player
  • Coy Watson, Jr., American child actor
  • Coy Cook, American singer
  • Coy Privette, Baptist pastor and politician under the shadow of a scandal

Fictional characters:

  • Coy Duke, fictional character on the TV show The Dukes of Hazzard

Usage examples of "coy".

Bethany requested the pot of tea, then led Coy up to her room, thinking that her new friend might be the solution to more than one problem.

Bethany leaned her head back against the edge of the tub and let Coy have her way.

WAS WITH great relief that Bethany rounded the corner and followed Coy into the first saloon they found.

Heaven that Coy had insisted she carry a fan as the proper accessory to her dress.

Had Coy not butchered one of the curtains and pinned the piece of lace to the front of her dress, Bethany might have been the object of bold hands, as well.

She snapped open her fan, as Coy had shown her, held it under her chin, and began waving it delicately, glad of the slight breeze to dispel the varieties of aromas emanating from her male companions.

Bethany said, raising her eyes to Coy, who had returned to her position behind Hudson.

Zach swore, while George guffawed, and Coy danced behind Zach, softly clapping her gloved hands.

She glanced at Coy, who kept her fan closed and placed three fingers against its side.

Since prisoners were boarded there, anyway, she would hold Zach there at gunpoint until Coy arrived with Sheriff Walker, as planned.

Hudson was manacled, Mike took the gun from Coy and marched his prisoner from the room.

Although Mike and Coy were several yards ahead, engrossed in their own conversation, and Trent doubted they would pay attention to anything he and Bethany might say to each other, he instinctively knew that now was not the time.

Carl brought her baggage down to the depot and helped the driver load it onto the coach while Coy and Bethany said their farewell.

Rather than frighten her into it, Bethany preferred to use any other means of reasoning to persuade Coy to go on in pursuit of her ambitions.

What Coy had done also was pack a considerable amount of food in a long rush basket, a bountiful picnic.