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coy


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coy  \Coy\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Coyed}  (koid);  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Coying}.] 
  1.  To  allure;  to  entice;  to  decoy.  [Obs.] 
 
  A  wiser  generation,  who  have  the  art  to  coy  the 
  fonder  sort  into  their  nets.  --Bp.  Rainbow. 
 
  2.  To  caress  with  the  hand;  to  stroke. 
 
  Come  sit  thee  down  upon  this  flowery  bed,  While  I 
  thy  amiable  cheeks  do  coy.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coy  \Coy\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  behave  with  reserve  or  coyness;  to  shrink  from  approach 
  or  familiarity.  [Obs.] 
 
  Thus  to  coy  it  With  one  who  knows  you  too!  --Rowe. 
 
  2.  To  make  difficulty;  to  be  unwilling.  [Obs.] 
 
  If  he  coyed  To  hear  Cominius  speak,  I  'll  keep  at 
  home.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coy  \Coy\  (koi),  a.  [OE.  coi  quiet,  still  OF  coi,  coit,  fr.L. 
  quietus  quiet,  p.  p.  of  quiescere  to  rest,  quie  rest;  prob. 
  akin  to  E.  while  See  {While},  and  cf  {Quiet},  {Quit}, 
  {Quite}.] 
  1.  Quiet;  still  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  Shrinking  from  approach  or  familiarity;  reserved;  bashful; 
  shy;  modest;  --  usually  applied  to  women,  sometimes  with 
  an  implication  of  coquetry. 
 
  Coy,  and  difficult  to  win.  --Cowper. 
 
  Coy  and  furtive  graces.  --W.  Irving. 
 
  Nor  the  coy  maid,  half  willings  to  be  pressed,  Shall 
  kiss  the  cup,  to  pass  it  to  the  rest.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  3.  Soft;  gentle;  hesitating. 
 
  Enforced  hate,  Instead  of  love's  coy  touch,  shall 
  rudely  tear  thee.  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Shy;  shriking;  reserved;  modest;  bashful;  backward; 
  distant. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  coy 
  adj  1:  affectedly  modest  or  shy  especially  in  a  playful  or 
  provocative  way  [syn:  {demure},  {overmodest}] 
  2:  showing  marked  and  often  playful  or  irritating  evasiveness 
  or  reluctance  to  make  a  definite  or  committing  statement; 
  "a  politician  coy  about  his  intentions" 
  3:  modestly  or  warily  rejecting  approaches  or  overtures;  "like 
  a  wild  young  colt,  very  inquisitive  but  very  coy  and  not 
  to  be  easily  cajoled" 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Coy,  AL 
  Zip  code(s):  36435 
  Coy,  AR  (town,  FIPS  15790) 
  Location:  34.54179  N,  91.86960  W 
  Population  (1990):  142  (64  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.7  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 




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