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April 14, 2008

Monday, 14th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Comparative : coyer
Superlative : coyest

Pronunciation : k-oy


1. annoyingly reluctant to make a commitment or to divulge something

2. pretending, in a teasing or provocative way, to be reserved or modest

3. shy or reserved in social situations

4. pretending to be shy


14th century - Via French - coi - quiet - Latin quietus


backward, bashful, demure, diffident, modest, retiring, self-effacing, shy, timid, coquettish, flirtatious, flirty


aggressive, forward, immodest, impudent, unshy

Contextual Examples:

The child appeared coy but was really planning her next adventure.

The mayor was coy about his future political aspirations.

A horse was in waiting to receive the princess who was mounted behind one of the clerks and thus conveyed, coy but compliant to the fortress.

His work is like exquisite modern Latin verse into the academic shape of which, discreet and coy, comes a sincere, deeply felt consciousness of modern life, of the modern world as it is.

Related Words:

coyness : Noun

coyly : Adverb

coyish : Adjective

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