Definitions

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  • n. The property of being coy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being coy; feigned o� bashful unwillingness to become familiar; reserve.

from The 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.

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

  • n. the affectation of being demure in a provocative way

Etymologies

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Examples

  • 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.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • 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.

    Ayala's Angel

  • 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

    Ayala's Angel

  • The kind of coyness which she had displayed had been the very infatuation of feminine imbecility.

    Ayala's Angel

  • Inasmuch as she _must_ resist whether she likes the man or not, how could such sham "coyness" be a symptom of love?

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • It is in _this_ sense that "coyness" is obviously a trait of primitive maidens.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • They make the capture a sequence of "coyness," whereas in truth the coyness (if it may be so called) is a result of capture.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • So far our search for that coyness which is an ingredient of modern love has been in vain.

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • • 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.

    Hugh Muir's diary

  • She fluttered her lashes, the coyness spilling out of her like a song she didn't know she knew.

    Anna Soloman: The Little Bride

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