from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved.
- adj. Affectedly and usually flirtatiously shy or modest. See Synonyms at shy1.
- adj. Annoyingly unwilling to make a commitment.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Bashful, shy, retiring.
- adj. Quiet, reserved, modest.
- adj. Reluctant to give details about something sensitive; notably prudish.
- adj. Pretending shyness or modesty, especially in an insincere or flirtatious way.
- adj. Soft, gentle, hesitating
- v. (obsolete) To caress, pet; to coax, entice
- v. (obsolete) To calm or soothe
- n. A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Quiet; still.
- adj. Shrinking from approach or familiarity; reserved; bashful; shy; modest; -- usually applied to women, sometimes with an implication of coquetry.
- adj. Soft; gentle; hesitating.
- transitive v. To allure; to entice; to decoy.
- transitive v. To caress with the hand; to stroke.
- intransitive v. To behave with reserve or coyness; to shrink from approach or familiarity.
- intransitive v. To make difficulty; to be unwilling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Quiet; still.
- Manifesting modesty; shrinking from familiarity; bashful; shy; retiring.
- Disposed to repel advances; disdainful.
- Synonyms Shrinking, distant, bashful, backward, diffident, demure.
- To quiet; soothe.
- To caress with the hand; stroke caressingly.
- To coax; allure; entice; decoy. See decoy, v.
- To be coy; behave with coyness or bashfulness; shrink from familiarity: with an indefinite it.
- To make difficulty; be slow or reluctant.
- n. A stroke or noise made to coy or quiet an animal, as a horse; a soothing sound or utterance.
- n. A decoy. See decoy, n.
- n. A cage or pen for lobsters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement
- adj. modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures
- adj. affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way
Middle English, from Old French quei, coi, quiet, still, from Vulgar Latin *quētus, from Latin quiētus, past participle of quiēscere, to rest; see kweiə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French coi, earlier quei ("quiet, still"), from Latin quietus ("resting, at rest") (Wiktionary)
Compare decoy. (Wiktionary)