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English definition of “coy”

coy

adjective uk   /kɔɪ/ us  

coy adjective (SECRET)

intentionally keeping something secret: She's very coy about her age.Secrecy and privacy

coy adjective (MODEST)

(especially of women) being or pretending to be shy, or like a child: She gave me a coy look from under her schoolgirl's fringe.Faking and pretending
coyly
adverb uk   /ˈkɔɪ.li/ us  
She smiled coyly.Secrecy and privacyFaking and pretending
coyness
noun [U] uk   /ˈkɔɪ.nəs/ us  
Shy and modestAnxious and worriedFaking and pretending
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