Definition of coyness in English:

coyness

Syllabification: coy·ness
Pronunciation: /ˈkoinis
 
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noun

  • 1(Especially in a woman) the quality of feigning shyness or modesty in an attempt to seem alluring.
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    • 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: the company’s coyness about their spring offering
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    • 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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