Definition of coy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɔɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɔɪ//
    Showing interest, Love
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  1. 1shy or pretending to be shy and innocent, especially about love or sex, and sometimes in order to make people more interested in you She gave me a coy smile. He went all coy when I mentioned her name. She gave him a rather coy look. See related entries: Showing interest, Love
  2. 2coy (about something) not willing to give information about something, or answer questions that tell people too much about you synonym reticent She was a little coy about how much her dress cost. The company is coy about revealing its profits.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French coi, quei, from Latin quietus ‘repose, quiet’. The original sense was ‘quiet, still’ (especially in behaviour), later ‘modestly retiring’, and hence (of a woman) ‘affecting to be unresponsive to advances’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: coy