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coy

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of coy

  1. 1 affecting shyness or modesty in order to attract masculine interest not wanting him to know that she was interested in him, she acted very coy at the dance Synonyms of coy coquettish, demure, kittenish Words Related to coy flirtatious, flirty, girlish; goody-goody, governessy, overmodest, priggish, prim, prudish Antonyms of coy uncoy

  2. 2 not comfortable around people a coy toddler who hides whenever anyone comes to the house Synonyms of coy backward, bashful, shy, demure, diffident, introverted, modest, recessive, retiring, self-effacing, sheepish, withdrawnWords Related to coy antisocial, lone, lone-wolf, unsociable, unsocial; awkward, embarrassed, self-conscious, unadventurous, unassertive, unenterprising; inhibited, reserved, uneasy, uptightNear Antonyms of coy boon, clubbable (also clubable), companionable, convivial, gregarious, sociable, social; bold, dashing, forceful; brash, forward, overbold, uninhibited, unreservedAntonyms of coy extroverted (also extraverted), immodest, outgoing

Synonym Discussion of coy

shy, bashful, diffident, modest, coy mean not inclined to be forward. shy implies a timid reserve and a shrinking from familiarity or contact with others.
    • shy with strangers
bashful implies a frightened or hesitant shyness characteristic of childhood and adolescence.
    • a bashful boy out on his first date
diffident stresses a distrust of one's own ability or opinion that causes hesitation in acting or speaking.
    • felt diffident about raising an objection
modest suggests absence of undue confidence or conceit.
    • modest about her success
coy implies a pretended shyness.
    • put off by her coy manner


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