Complete Definition of "coy"

see|cỠý
was wotd|2007|July|15
English

Pronunciation
IPA|/kÉɪ/
audio|en-us-coy.ogg|Audio (US)
rhymes|Éɪ

Etymology 1
from OF coi, earlier quei "quiet, still", itself ultimately from Latin quietus "resting, at rest"

Adjective
en-adj|er

  1. bashful, shy
  2. Pretending shyness or modesty.
  3. archaic quiet|Quiet, reserved, modest.
  4. Reluctant|reluctant to give details about something sensitive.

Translations
Dutch: bedeesd, verlegen; (pretending) koket
Icelandic: feiminn m, feimin f, feimið n; óframfærinn m, óframfærin f, óframfærið n; hæglátur m, hæglát f, hæglátt n, ekki jafn feiminn og hann lætur m, ekki jafn feimin og hún lætur f, ekki jafn feimið og það lætur n

Etymology 2
rfe

Verb
en-verb

  1. obsolete To clam or soothe
  2. obsolete To coax, entice

Etymology 3
Compare decoy

Noun
en-noun

  1. A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.

References
EtymOnLine? 1

io:coy
fi:coy
te:coy
vi:coy
zh:coy

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