AskDefine | Define coy

Dictionary Definition

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"

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  • /kɔɪ/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔɪ

Etymology 1

From coi, earlier quei "quiet, still", itself ultimately from quietus
  1. bashful, shy
  2. Pretending shyness or modesty.
  3. Quiet, reserved, modest.
  4. reluctant to give details about something sensitive.
bashful, shy
pretending shyness or modesty
archaic: quiet, reserved, modest
reluctant to give details about something sensitive

Etymology 2

Compare decoy.


  1. A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.

Extensive Definition

The term Coy may refer to:
  • Shyness, or someone pretending to be shy
  • Koi, an ornamental fish, an Eastern carp
  • Coy, Spain, a town in the municipality of Lorca, Spain
  • Coy, Arkansas, a small town in Lonoke County, Arkansas
  • Bernard Coy (1991), an American bankrobber, famous for trying to escape from Alcatraz prison
COY may also refer to:


  • COYS, in an English soccer context, is the acronym and a code word for the Tottenham Hotspur fans' rallying cry "Come On You Spurs".
coy in German: Coy
coy in French: COY
coy in Italian: COY

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