coy

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See also: cố ý

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French coi, earlier quei (quiet, still), from Latin quietus (resting, at rest).

Adjective[edit]

coy (comparative coyer, superlative coyest)

  1. (dated) Bashful, shy, retiring.
  2. (archaic) 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.
    • Shakespeare
      Enforced hate, / Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee.
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Verb[edit]

coy (third-person singular simple present coys, present participle coying, simple past and past participle coyed)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To caress, pet; to coax, entice.
    • Shakespeare
      Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed, / While I thy amiable cheeks do coy.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To calm or soothe.
  3. To allure; to decoy.
    • Bishop Rainbow
      A wiser generation, who have the art to coy the fonder sort into their nets.

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare decoy.

Noun[edit]

coy (plural coys)

  1. A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.

References[edit]

  • coy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001). [1]