• WordNet 3.6
    • adj coy modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures "like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled"
    • adj coy showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement "a politician coy about his intentions"
    • adj coy affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coy Quiet; still.
    • Coy Shrinking from approach or familiarity; reserved; bashful; shy; modest; -- usually applied to women, sometimes with an implication of coquetry. "Coy , and difficult to win.""Coy and furtive graces.""Nor the coy maid, half willings to be pressed,
      Shall kiss the cup, to pass it to the rest."
    • Coy Soft; gentle; hesitating. "Enforced hate,
      Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee."
    • Coy To allure; to entice; to decoy. "A wiser generation, who have the art to coy the fonder sort into their nets."
    • Coy To behave with reserve or coyness; to shrink from approach or familiarity. "Thus to coy it,
      With one who knows you too!"
    • Coy To caress with the hand; to stroke. "Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed,
      While I thy amiable cheeks do coy ."
    • Coy To make difficulty; to be unwilling. "If he coyed To hear Cominius speak, I 'll keep at home."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • coy Quiet; still.
    • coy Manifesting modesty; shrinking from familiarity; bashful; shy; retiring.
    • coy Disposed to repel advances; disdainful.
    • coy Synonyms Shrinking, distant, bashful, backward, diffident, demure.
    • coy To quiet; soothe.
    • coy To caress with the hand; stroke caressingly.
    • coy To coax; allure; entice; decoy. See decoy, v.
    • coy To be coy; behave with coyness or bashfulness; shrink from familiarity: with an indefinite it.
    • coy To make difficulty; be slow or reluctant.
    • n coy A stroke or noise made to coy or quiet an animal, as a horse; a soothing sound or utterance.
    • n coy A decoy. See decoy, n.
    • n coy A cage or pen for lobsters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Coy koy modest: bashful: shy
    • v.t Coy (Shak.) to caress:
    • v.t Coy (Shak.) to disdain
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  • Marcus Valerius Martial
    “Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

About her being forward, or coy, or something.
"The Right Stuff" by Ian Hay
Olimpia, far from coy, hinted an exchange.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
But coy sleep, as usual when most wanted, refused to come.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
He's going to take us to the 'coy.
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
Since the weather is prone to be coy, if not fickle, the manual part of transplanting should always be properly done.
"Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses" by M. G. Kains
The local doctors, however, were coy about recommending it to their patients.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
Don't be coy now, and run off.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
All three originated from the Coye hybrid and all were budded on July 27, 1944.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
This was his ingenious way of storming the citadel of the coy maiden's affections.
"Second Book of Tales" by Eugene Field
Mrs. Fay, darling, don't be coy.
"Handy Andy, Volume One" by Samuel Lover

In poetry:

Coy and still when flying wheel
Rested from its labour;
Singing when it ground the meal,
Gay as lute or tabor.
"Bouche-Mignonne" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Ah! fair one, why to me so coy,
And why to him so true?
Who with more coldness slights the joy
Than I with love pursue.
"Songs Set To Music: 22. Set" by Matthew Prior
Now to the low leaves they cling,
Each with coy fantastic pose,
Each a petal of a rose
Straining at a gossamer string.
"Les Ballons" by Oscar Wilde
Dainty is the frock I wear,
Bright the gauze upon my hair:
Since my love is coy with me,
I'll be coy, and will not care!
"Charm Verses" by Anonymous European
Then be not coy, but use your time;
And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.
"To The Virgins, To Make Much Of Time" by Robert Herrick
For she was frank, and she was coy,
A willful April in her ways;
And in a dream of doubtful joy
I passed some truly April days.
"A Year's Courtship" by Henry Timrod

In news:

The coy deceits of struggling journalists.
Kyle Menie and Melissa Coy are proud to announce their wedding date of July 14, 2012.
Phelps coy about showdown with Lochte in 400 IM.
Macy's Coy on Martha in Reporting Strong Q1 sales.
Still coy on Olympic program, Phelps trying to catch Lochte.
Christie continues to play coy on plans to accept VP nomination from Romney.
Sprint 'Bullish' on Windows Phone 8, Coy on Galaxy S III.
Gingrich plays it coy as race slips away.
Chinese coy on farm sale to iwi.
A Conversation With Local Woodworker Geremy Coy .
Photographs courtesy of Geremy Coy .
Country singer Coy Taylor to appear in Brinson.
Thirty-five-year old Ronald Stacy Shiver was accidentally shot and killed by 35-year-old Coy Shiver last Saturday according to the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.
Shiver was with his cousin Coy and 23-year-old Justin Pool hunting north of Smith Creek in the forest.
Firemen assisting with the hydrant project included Captain Chris Crook, George Starkey, Cory Newcomb, Dallas Woods, Kenny Rowan, Ron Amick, and Coy Jackson.

In science:

In this representation the n curves are x-monotone and are restricted to n y -coy -coordinates except for some local switches where adjacent lines cross.
On simple arrangements of lines and pseudo-lines in P^2 and R^2 with the maximum number of triangles
In the four possible types of interaction, a fast (‘macho’ ?) male in an encounter with fast female receives payoff G while the female receives G − C ; when a fast male encounters a slow (‘coy’ ?) female both receive payoff 0.
Notes on two elementary evolutionary games
Definition 2.1. A coherent sheaf F on bX is quasi-homogeneous if it has a filtration by sheaves of the type cOY , where the Y ’s are zerodimensional subschemes of X , so that the associated grading is of the form ⊕kQ√k , with pk ∈ X .
Hilbert schemes of points on some K3 surfaces and Gieseker stable bundles