Search Result for "coy":
1. affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way;
[syn: coy, demure, overmodest]
2. showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement;
- Example: "a politician coy about his intentions"
3. modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures;
- Example: "like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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. [1913 Webster] 2. Shrinking from approach or familiarity; reserved; bashful; shy; modest; -- usually applied to women, sometimes with an implication of coquetry. [1913 Webster] Coy, and difficult to win. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] Coy and furtive graces. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster] Nor the coy maid, half willings to be pressed, Shall kiss the cup, to pass it to the rest. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 3. Soft; gentle; hesitating. [1913 Webster] Enforced hate, Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee. --Shak. Syn: Shy; shriking; reserved; modest; bashful; backward; distant. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Coy \Coy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coyed (koid); p. pr. & vb. n. Coying.] 1. To allure; to entice; to decoy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A wiser generation, who have the art to coy the fonder sort into their nets. --Bp. Rainbow. [1913 Webster] 2. To caress with the hand; to stroke. [1913 Webster] Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed, While I thy amiable cheeks do coy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Coy \Coy\, v. i. 1. To behave with reserve or coyness; to shrink from approach or familiarity. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Thus to coy it, With one who knows you too! --Rowe. [1913 Webster] 2. To make difficulty; to be unwilling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] If he coyed To hear Cominius speak, I 'll keep at home. --Shak. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Coy, AL Zip code(s): 36435 Coy, AR (town, FIPS 15790) Location: 34.54179 N, 91.86960 W Population (1990): 142 (64 housing units) Area: 1.7 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
39 Moby Thesaurus words for "coy": 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