accoy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French acoyer, from a- + coi (quiet, calm).

Verb[edit]

accoy (third-person singular simple present accoys, present participle accoying, simple past and past participle accoyed)

  1. (obsolete) To soothe, to calm; to assuage, to subdue. [14th-19th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.8:
      Of faire Pœana I received was, / And oft imbrast, as if that I were hee, / And with kind words accoyd, vowing great love to mee.