Coy
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]


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