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Webster 1913 Edition


Coy

Coy

(koi)
,
Adj.
[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.
Syn. – Shy; shriking; reserved; modest; bashful; backward; distant.

Coy

,
Verb.
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
.
Shakespeare

Coy

,
Verb.
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.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Coy

COY

,
Adj.
Modest; silent; reserved; not accessible; shy; not easily condescending to familiarity.
Like Daphne she, as lovely and as coy.

COY

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To behave with reserve; to be silent or distant; to refrain from speech or free intercourse.
2.
To make difficulty; to be backward or unwilling; not freely to condescend.
3.
To smooth or stroke.

COY

, for decoy, to allure. [Not in use.]

Definition 2023


coy

coy

See also: cố ý

English

Adjective

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.
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

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

Compare decoy.

Noun

coy (plural coys)

  1. A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.

Etymology 3

Abbreviation of company.

Noun

coy (plural coys)

  1. (military) A company

References

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

Middle French

Alternative forms

Etymology

Old French coi < Latin quietus.

Adjective

coy m (feminine singular coye, masculine plural coys, feminine plural coyes)

  1. (of a person) calm; composed