A Word A Day : Coy
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
• 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.
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