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coyadjective

uk   /kɔɪ/ us   /kɔɪ/
  • 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.
coyly
adverb uk   /ˈkɔɪ.li/ us   /ˈkɔɪ.li/
She smiled coyly.
coyness
noun [U] uk   /ˈkɔɪ.nəs/ us   /ˈkɔɪ.nəs/
(Definition of coy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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coyadjective [-er/-est only]

us   /kɔɪ/
acting shy, uncertain, or unwilling to say much, often in order to increase interest in something by keeping back information about it: McIntyre is coy about his future in football.
coyly
adverb [not gradable] us   /ˈkɔɪ·li/
She smiled coyly.
(Definition of coy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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