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coy (adj) shy (of women).

If a girl is shy in the presence of men she is coy. A girl who is coy is shy or pretends to be shy or innocent, especially in matters of love and sex. When a girl pretends to be innocent of sex and shy to attract men, she is coy. 'She was coy about telling him where she had her hair done so beautifully and where she had bought her dress.' This means that she was unwilling to tell him of it, just to make him the more interested in her.

  • Kerry found Jennifer rather coy. She wouldn't talk much and appeared to be uninterested in Kerry's advances, just to make him the more interested in her and thus to be sure of his real interest in her.
  • Susan's being coy increased her new friend Jim's interest in her. Once she knew this, she pretended to be still more shy and uninterested in his approaches.
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