Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being coy; shyness; modest reserve; bashfulness; unwillingness to become familiar.
  • noun Synonyms Diffidence, Shyness (see bashfulness), reserve, demureness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being coy.

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

  • noun the affectation of being demure in a provocative way

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Examples

  • 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 a seventh time, as they might do.

    Ayala's Angel

  • 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

  • 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

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