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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: coi 'calm', from Latin quietus 'quiet'

coy

adjective
     
coy
1 shy or pretending to be shy in order to attract people's interest:
She gave him a coy smile.
2 unwilling to give information about something [≠ open]
coy about
Tania was always coy about her age.
coyly adverb
coyness noun [uncountable]

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