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coyness Line breaks: coy|ness
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔɪnəs/

Definition of coyness in English:


[mass noun]
1(Especially in a woman) the quality of feigning shyness or modesty in an attempt to seem alluring.
Example sentences
  • The customary number with children from the audience goes without gush or embarrassing coyness.
  • In the subsequent intervals the females continually respond with near optimal coyness.
  • Elizabeth was not so easy to give in to such coyness.
2The quality of being reluctant to give details about something regarded as sensitive; reticence: his coyness about his sexual orientation
More example sentences
  • From its impenetrable title to the insular instrumental segues between the real songs, the man's second record risks coyness at every turn.
  • Stewart gestured crossing his heart and sealing his lips and laughed heartily at his master's coyness.
  • Stage fright masks itself as a domineering style, or as coyness, egoism, or pride.
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