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COY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does coy mean? 

COY (adjective)
  The adjective COY has 3 senses:

1. affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
2. showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement
3. modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures

  Familiarity information: COY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way

Synonyms:

coy; demure; overmodest

Similar:

modest (not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance)


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Meaning:

Showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement

Context example:

a politician coy about his intentions

Similar:

indefinite (vague or not clearly defined or stated)


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Meaning:

Modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures

Context example:

like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled

Similar:

timid (showing fear and lack of confidence)


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