adjective (coyer, coyest)
- True, she's as coy and feminine as she wants to be.
- We've flirted at balls, and she was as coy as a twenty-four year-old!
- She's coy enough to curdle butter, looking up at him from under her lashes.
- Clifford is coy about this, ‘No, I think I've got my work cut out here quite frankly.’
- Nor was the administration coy about its reasons.
- This was no time to be coy about asking for money.
Middle English: from Old French coi, quei, from Latin quietus (see quiet). The original sense was 'quiet, still' (especially in behavior), later 'modestly retiring', and hence (of a woman) 'affecting to be unresponsive to advances'.
requiem from (Middle English):
This is from Latin requies ‘rest’, the first word of the Mass for the Dead, said or sung for the repose of their souls: Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine ‘Grant them, O Lord, eternal rest’. The Latin word goes back to quietus ‘quiet’, which is the source of quit, requite (early 16th century), and tranquil (early 17th century) and, via the French for quiet, coy (Middle English).
- Example sentences
- He would smile coyly, his face lit with emotion.
- That is very kind and I'm not being coyly modest when I say that I'm not worthy.
- She coyly said this album was dedicated to her husband, Clemens.