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English definition of “coy”

coy

adjective (MODEST)    /kɔɪ/
(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     /ˈkɔɪ.li/ adverb She smiled coyly.Secrecy and privacyFaking and pretending coyness     /ˈkɔɪ.nəs/ noun [U] Shy and modestAnxious and worriedFaking and pretending
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