Meaning of “coy” in the English Dictionary

"coy" in British English

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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)

"coy" in American English

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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)