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coy

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A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
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See also cố ý

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old French coi, earlier quei "quiet, still", itself ultimately from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] quietus "resting, at rest".

Adjective

coy (comparative er, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
coy

Comparative
er

Superlative
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  1. bashful, shy
  2. Pretending shyness or modesty.
  3. (archaic) Quiet, reserved, modest.
  4. Reluctant to give details about something sensitive.
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Verb

Infinitive
to coy

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to coy (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (obsolete) To calm or soothe
  2. (obsolete) To coax, entice

Etymology 2

Compare decoy.

Noun

Singular
coy

Plural
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coy ({{{1}}})
  1. A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.

References

  • "coy" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001 [1]

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