Need another word that means the same as “coy”? Find 8 synonyms and 30 related words for “coy” in this overview.
The synonyms of “Coy” are: demure, overmodest, arch, simpering, coquettish, flirtatious, kittenish, skittish
Coy as an Adjective
Definitions of "Coy" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “coy” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures.
- Affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way.
- Showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement.
- Making a pretence of shyness or modesty that is intended to be alluring (typically used of a woman.
- Reluctant to give details about something regarded as sensitive.
Synonyms of "Coy" as an adjective (8 Words)
|arch||Characteristic of those who treat others with condescension.|
|coquettish||Like a coquette.|
A coquettish grin.
|demure||Affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way.|
A demure young lady.
|flirtatious||Behaving in such a way as to suggest a playful sexual attraction to someone.|
She was beautiful and very flirtatious.
|kittenish||Playful like a lively kitten.|
Her voice had that kittenish quality.
|overmodest||Affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way.|
|simpering||Affectedly coy or ingratiating.|
She is clearly not a simpering female who can be pushed around.
|skittish||Unpredictably excitable (especially of horses.|
My skittish and immature mother.
Usage Examples of "Coy" as an adjective
- He is coy about his age.
- A politician coy about his intentions.
- She treated him to a coy smile of invitation.
- Like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled.
Associations of "Coy" (30 Words)
|bashful||Disposed to avoid notice blate is a Scottish term for bashful.|
They considered themselves a tough outfit and weren t bashful about letting anybody know it.
|cagey||Characterized by great caution and wariness.|
A cagey lawyer.
|demure||Reserved, modest, and shy (typically used of a woman.|
A demure young lady.
Stood in the doorway diffident and abashed.
|eschew||Deliberately avoid using; abstain from.|
He appealed to the crowd to eschew violence.
|fainthearted||Lacking conviction or boldness or courage.|
|inarticulate||Without or deprived of the use of speech or words.|
Mention of her mother filled her with inarticulate irritation.
|introversion||An introverted disposition; concern with one’s own thoughts and feelings.|
We expected our sample to show elevated neuroticism and introversion.
|introvert||(psychology) a person who tends to shrink from social contacts and to become preoccupied with their own thoughts.|
He introverted his feelings.
|introverted||Given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences.|
|limelight||A lamp consisting of a flame directed at a cylinder of lime with a lens to concentrate the light; formerly used for stage lighting.|
He enjoyed being in the limelight.
|passive||A passive form of a verb.|
The ball was thrown is an abbreviated passive.
|passivity||Acceptance of what happens, without active response or resistance.|
Nickel increases the overall passivity of the iron.
A middle class family with two prissy children.
|prudery||Excessive or affected modesty.|
The prudish moral climate of the late 19th century.
|quiet||Become quiet or quieter.|
Molly spoke with quiet confidence.
|reserved||Marked by self-restraint and reticence.|
He is a reserved almost taciturn man.
|restrained||Kept under control.|
Restrained in his response.
|reticent||Not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily.|
She was extremely reticent about her personal affairs.
|retiring||Reluctant to draw attention to yourself.|
A gentle retiring person who avoided conflict.
Shy of strangers.
|silent||Having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility.|
The silent h at the beginning of honor.
|taciturn||(of a person) reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little.|
After such gatherings she would be taciturn and morose.
|timid||People who are fearful and cautious.|
Problems that call for bold not timid responses.
|timorous||Timid by nature or revealing timidity.|
A timorous voice.
|unassertive||Inclined to timidity or lack of self-confidence.|
She was gentle and unassertive.
|uncommunicative||Unwilling to talk or impart information.|
He had always been quiet and uncommunicative having few friends.
|unutterable||Defying expression or description.|
I felt an unutterable fool.
|withdrawn||Withdrawn from society seeking solitude.|
When her husband died she became very withdrawn.