play coy

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of play coy

US
:to avoid giving a direct or complete answer
  • When asked about his next book, he played coy.

Word by Word Definitions

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

coy play
  1. : marked by cute, coquettish, or artful playfulness

  2. : shrinking from contact or familiarity

  3. : showing reluctance to make a definite commitment

  1. : caress

  2. : to act coyly (see 1coy)


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