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coyest (timid)

coyest is a superlative form of coy

coy (timid)

Definition:

modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

coyer

Superlative:

coyest

Similar to:

timid

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled

Etymology:

Middle English: from Old French coi, quei, from Latin quietus (see "quiet"). The...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

coy | Coy. [military] | shy [synonym, sense-specific] | company [synonym, sense-specific] | modest [synonym, sense-specific] | coyish [adjective, derived]

(usually of a woman) affectedly demure, especially in a playful or provocative manner | shy; modest | evasive, especially in an annoying way | company (22 of 525 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

coy [entry 1, adjective] | coquettish [synonym, sense-specific] | demure [synonym, sense-specific] | kittenish [synonym, sense-specific] | uncoy [antonym, sense-specific] | flirtatious [similar, sense-specific] | flirty [similar, sense-specific] | girlish [similar, sense-specific] | goody-goody [similar, sense-specific] | ...

shrinking from contact or familiarity ; marked by cute, coquettish, or artful playfulness | showing reluctance to make a definite commitment (20 of 257 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/coy

coy [entry 2, verb] | caress [synonym, sense-specific]

[obsolete] "caress" | [archaic] to act coyly (see "coy" [entry 1]) (10 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Coy [disambiguation]

may refer to Places: Coy, Spain, a town in the municipality of Lorca, Spain | Coy, Arkansas, a small town in Lonoke County, Arkansas | Coy, Alabama, an unincorporated community | Coy Burn, a stream in Scotland | Coy (name) | Coy Cup, awarded to the... (41 of 132 words, 9 definitions)

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Oxford Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative] | coyly [derived]

(especially with reference to a woman) making a pretence of shyness or modesty which is intended to be alluring | reluctant to give details about ... (24 of 108 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/coy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative] | coyly [adverb, related]

not willing to give information about something, especially in a way that is slightly annoying | someone who is coy pretends to be shy in order to ... (26 of 77 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/coy

Random House Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative]

artfully or affectedly shy or reserved; slyly hesitant; coquettish. | shy; modest. | showing reluctance, especially when insincere or affected, to ... (19 of 75 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/coy

New World Dictionary:

coy | coyly [adverb, related] | coyness [noun, related]

[obsolete] quiet; silent | shrinking from contact or familiarity with others; bashful; shy ; primly reserved; demure | affecting innocence or shyness, ... (20 of 71 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

coy | coys [plural] | coyed [past tense] | coying [present participle] | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative]

[outdated] Bashful, shy, retiring. | [archaic] Quiet, reserved, modest. | Reluctant to give details about something sensitive; notably prudish. | Pretending shyness or modesty, especially in an insincere or flirtatious way. | Soft, gentle, hesitating... (31 of 63 words, 8 definitions, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative] | coyly [adverb, related] | coyness [noun, related]

Tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved. | Affectedly and usually flirtatiously shy or modest. See Synonyms at shy1. | ... (19 of 62 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/coy

Cambridge Dictionary:

coy [entry 1] | coyly [adverb, derived] | coyness [noun, derived]

intentionally keeping something secret (4 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/coy 1

coy [entry 2] | coyly [adverb, derived] | coyness [noun, derived]

(especially of women) being or pretending to be shy, modest or childish, or to have no confidence (17 of 42 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/coy 2

Encarta Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative]

annoyingly reluctant to make a commitment or to divulge something | pretending, in a teasing or provocative way, to be reserved or modest | shy or ... (24 of 63 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861601012​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Oxford Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French coi, quei, from Latin quietus (see "quiet"). The original sense was "quiet, still" (especially in ... (20 of 35 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/coy

Online Etymology:

coy

First use: early 14th century

Origin: "quiet, modest, demure", from Old French coi, earlier quei "quiet, still, placid, gentle", ultimately from Latin quietus ... (20 of 35 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=coy

American Heritage Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French quei, coi, quiet, still, from Vulgar Latin *quētus, from Latin quiētus, past ... (17 of 27 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

coy

Origin: Middle English, still, quiet from Old French coi, earlier quei from Late Latin *quetus from Latin quietus: see "quiet"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/coy

Wiktionary:

coy | coys [plural] | coyed [past tense] | coying [present participle]

Origin: Old French coi, earlier quei ("quiet, still"), from Latin quietus ("resting, at rest"). | Compare decoy.

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Collins Dictionary:

coy | Coy. [military]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French coi reserved, from Latin quiētusquiet

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/coy

Merriam-Webster:

coy [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, quiet, shy, from Anglo-French quoi, quei, koi quiet, from Latin quietus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/coy

Encarta Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative]

First use: 14th century

Origin: French coi "quiet" from Latin quietus

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861601012​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

coy | coys [plural] | coyed [past tense] | coying [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "coy"

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Collins Dictionary:

coy | Coy. [military]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "coy"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/coy

Macmillan British Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "coy"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/coy

Macmillan American Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "coy"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

coy [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "coy"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "coy"

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the Free Dictionary:

coy

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "coy"

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Google Dictionary:

coy | coyer [comparative] | coyest [superlative]

Audio: English pronunciation of "coy"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

YourDictionary Audio:

coy

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "coy" by speech synthesizer

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