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Definition of COY

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Coy \Coy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Coyed} (koid); p. pr. & vb. n. {Coying}.]
     1. To allure; to entice; to decoy. [Obs.]
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              A wiser generation, who have the art to coy the fonder sort into their nets.          --Bp. Rainbow. [1913 Webster]

     2. To caress with the hand; to stroke.
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              Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed, While I thy amiable cheeks do coy.    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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.
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     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.
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              Enforced hate,
              Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee.
                                                    --Shak.

     Syn: Shy; shriking; reserved; modest; bashful; backward; distant. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Coy \Coy\, v. i.
     1. To behave with reserve or coyness; to shrink from approach or familiarity. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              Thus to coy it,
              With one who knows you too!           --Rowe. [1913 Webster]

     2. To make difficulty; to be unwilling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              If he coyed
              To hear Cominius speak, I 'll keep at home. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

39 Moby Thesaurus words for "coy":
     amative, amatory, arch, bashful, capricious, caressive, confused, conscious, coquettish, decent, decorous, demure, diffident, flirtatious, flirty, inarticulate, kittenish, lively, mischievous, mousy, nice, playful, proper, rabbity, retiring, roguish, seemly, self-conscious, self-effacing, sexual, shamefaced, shamefast, shy, skittish, stammering, timid, timorous, unassertive, unassured


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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