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coy

used in a sentence
2 meanings
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1  —as in:
a coy, flirtatious smile
Definition being or pretending to be shy
  • She dropped her eyes with a coy smile.
coy = being or pretending to be shy

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2  —as in:
coy about her intentions
Definition being secretive or reluctant to make a definite or committing statement
  • The politician is coy about how he will vote on the measure.
coy = being secretive or reluctant to make a definite or committing statement
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "Hassan," Baba said, smiling coyly, "meet your birthday present."
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • coyly = in a manner of one slow to share details
  • "My little secret, mustn't peek," she said coyly, but the doctors had come to see Angela.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • coyly = being reluctant to share a secret
  •   "When can I see you?"
      "Certainly not until you finish An Imperial Affliction." I enjoyed being coy.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • coy = acting reluctant to make a definite or committing statement
  • I'm familiar with the version of the situation you gave Mr. Andrews," he said. His cheeks dimpled with a coy smile.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • coy = reluctant to say something bluntly
  • "What do you want to do with him?" he said. Then a coy smile. Or to him.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • coy = reluctant to say something bluntly
  • "Why do you ask?" He was looking at me coyly.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
coyly = in a manner that does not immediately share desired information

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