- Quiet; still.(Obs)
- Shrinking from approach or familiarity; reserved; bashful; shy; modest; -- usually applied to women, sometimes with an implication of coquetry." Coy, and difficult to win." [Cowper.]" Coy and furtive graces." [W. Irving.]"Nor the coy maid, half willings to be pressed, Shall kiss the cup, to pass it to the rest." [Goldsmith.]
- Soft; gentle; hesitating."Enforced hate,
Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee." [Shak.]synonyms: Shy; shriking; reserved; modest; bashful; backward; distant.
Etymology: OE. coi quiet, still, OF. coi coit, fr.L. quietus quiet, p. p. of quiescere to rest, quie rest; prob. akin to E. while. See While, and cf. Quiet Quit Quite