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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French coi, earlier quei (quiet, still), from Latin quietus (resting, at rest). Doublet of quiet.

AdjectiveEdit

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.
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VerbEdit

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 2Edit

Compare decoy.

NounEdit

coy (plural coys)

  1. A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.

Etymology 3Edit

Abbreviation of company.

NounEdit

coy (plural coys)

  1. (military) A company

ReferencesEdit

  • coy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019. [1]

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Middle FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French coi, from Vulgar Latin quetus, from Latin quietus.

AdjectiveEdit

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

  1. (of a person) calm; composed

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