Definition of coyness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɔɪnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔɪnəs//
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  1. 1the quality of being shy or of pretending to be shy and innocent, especially about love or sex, and sometimes in order to make people more interested in you Suddenly the coyness was gone from her voice.
  2. 2the quality of being unwilling to give information about something, or answer questions that tell people too much about you synonym reticence government coyness in relation to military spending