Definition of coyly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɔɪli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔɪli//
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  1. 1in a way that is shy, or that is pretending to be shy and innocent, especially about love or sex, and sometimes in order to make people more interested in you She smiled coyly at him.
  2. 2in a way that shows that you are not willing to give information about something, or answer questions that tell people too much about you The report coyly insisted that there is very little information about how many applications are ‘lost’.