Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being coy; shyness; modest reserve; bashfulness; unwillingness to become familiar.
- n. Synonyms Diffidence, Shyness (see bashfulness), reserve, demureness.
- n. The property of being coy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of being coy; feigned o� bashful unwillingness to become familiar; reserve.
- n. the affectation of being demure in a provocative way
“Feigned unwillingness or indifference in obedience to such advice may perhaps be called coyness, but it is only a coarse primitive phase of that attitude, based on sordid, mercenary motives, whereas true modern coyness consists in an impulse, grounded in modesty, to conceal affection.”
“I call it folly, not because I am adverse to feminine reserve, not because I am prone to quarrel even with what I call coyness; but because I know his nature so well, and feel that he would not bear rebuffs of which many another man would think nothing; that he would not bring himself to ask again, perhaps even for a seventh time, as they might do.”
“I call it folly, not because I am adverse to feminine reserve, not because I am prone to quarrel even with what I call coyness; but because I know his nature so well, and feel that he would not bear rebuffs of which many another man would think nothing; that he would not bring himself to ask again, perhaps even for”
“The kind of coyness which she had displayed had been the very infatuation of feminine imbecility.”
“Inasmuch as she _must_ resist whether she likes the man or not, how could such sham "coyness" be a symptom of love?”
“It is in _this_ sense that "coyness" is obviously a trait of primitive maidens.”
“They make the capture a sequence of "coyness," whereas in truth the coyness (if it may be so called) is a result of capture.”
“So far our search for that coyness which is an ingredient of modern love has been in vain.”
“• And it came to pass that after 10 days of inexplicable coyness and refusing to answer our straightforward inquiries, Eric Pickles did indeed appear as the star turn at the weekend camp staged by the rightwing funsters in the Young Britons' Foundation.”
“She fluttered her lashes, the coyness spilling out of her like a song she didn't know she knew.”
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