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coyadjective

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

"coy" in American English

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coyadjective [-er/-est only]

 us   /kɔɪ/
actingshy, ​uncertain, or ​unwilling to say much, often in ​order to ​increaseinterest 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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