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  • adv. in a coy manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a coy manner; with reserve.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Quietly.
  • In a coy manner; shyly; demurely.
  • n. See coigne.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a coy manner

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Examples

  • Now, if I wanted, I could buy a tankini, or a magical patented Slimsuit in an exotic tiger print designed to whittle inches off my waist and keep spectators’ eyes from resting too long on what the tag coyly called my “trouble zones.”

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  • This is why John McCain coyly smiles each time Obama makes this statement.

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  • The second purpose is the transfer of wealth from the countries of the West to Third World countries, in satisfaction of what is called coyly a 'climate debt.'

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  • She is walking down a Prague street, a shopping basket over her arm, to the market to buy carrots, leeks, mackerel, and passes by chance a shoe shop, and there are the red shoes in the window -- all by themselves on a little plinth raised above the lesser footwear, the price tag coyly peeking out from the base -- and she has such a powerful urge to go in and try them on that that is what she does.

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  • a shopping basket over her arm, to the market to buy carrots, leeks, mackerel, and passes by chance a shoe shop, and there are the red shoes in the window -- all by themselves on a little plinth raised above the lesser footwear, the price tag coyly peeking out from the base -- and she has such a powerful urge to go in and try them on that that is what she does.

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  • So she "coyly" asks how can she make it up to him and they go off to the shower ... oh my god, the level of her debasement and manipulation is making us physically ill.

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  • And he measured her in a careless way, and knew, bold now, that she would begin to retreat, coyly and delicately, as he pursued, ever ready to reverse the game should he turn fainthearted.

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  • But she knows the ways of restraint, too, which make her instrumental ventings all the more cathartic when they peal out of pop songs that can be coyly sweet and twistedly tormented at the same time.

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  • Andrew MuellerWe're four weeks into this shiny period newsroom drama, and it's finally starting to bare its teeth, rather than simply standing around looking pretty, coyly asking you to like it.

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  • Then she jets off to Shengo's and instead of saying "It's not a big deal," she coyly says, "We'll see."

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  • in a shy yet flirtatious way

    January 27, 2012