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synonyms for coy

  • bashful
  • evasive
  • self-effacing
  • skittish
  • timid
  • backward
  • blushing
  • coquettish
  • demure
  • diffident
  • flirtatious
  • humble
  • kittenish
  • overmodest
  • prudish
  • rabbity
  • reserved
  • retiring
  • shrinking
  • shy
  • unassertive
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antonyms for coy

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  • aggressive
  • forward
  • immodest
  • impudent
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How to use coy in a sentence

It is frankly sad to see a representation of it so coy and removed.
THE TOKYO OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY WAS DEPRESSING AS HELLKEVIN FALLONJULY 23, 2021THE DAILY BEAST
Liberals in the Democratic Party would like to repeal that law, but McAuliffe is coy, saying that he would sign such a bill if it got to his desk but that the General Assembly would never pass it in the first place.
IS VIRGINIA AN ECONOMIC SUCCESS OR ‘IN THE DITCH?’ DEPENDS ON WHICH CANDIDATE YOU ASK.GREGORY S. SCHNEIDERJULY 13, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Elon Musk’s goal for SpaceX is to carry 100 people at a time to the moon, Mars, and beyond, although in public presentations he is coy about giving a timeline.
WHEN WILL THE FIRST BABY BE BORN IN SPACE?CHRIS IMPEYJUNE 4, 2021SINGULARITY HUB 
The show plays coy, but season two begins to unspool Aleida’s destiny.
FOR ALL MANKIND’S SEASON 2 FINALE IS THE BEST TV EPISODE OF 2021 SO FAREMILY VANDERWERFFAPRIL 23, 2021VOX
Yet amid the generalities and coy responses they offered after being asked what the trade deadline is like for a coach and a veteran and which holes Washington needs plugged most, Brooks and Beal described the Wizards’ situation rather tidily.
NBA TRADE DEADLINE: NIKOLA VUCEVIC, VICTOR OLADIPO HEADED TO NEW TEAMS AS KYLE LOWRY STAYS PUTBEN GOLLIVERMARCH 25, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Hammond said he regarded “the chamber” to be a coy way of conceding without saying so directly that the governor himself made the decision.
CUOMO’S NURSING HOME SCANDAL RAISES QUESTIONS FOR ONE OF HIS SENIOR AIDESBY JOE SEXTONMARCH 10, 2021PROPUBLICA
The company was somewhat coy on upcoming product news but was clear that it’s looking for investing partners as it works toward Series A scale.
YC-BACKED PANGEA DISCUSSES GROWTH, FUNDRAISING AHEAD OF DEMO DAYALEX WILHELMMARCH 5, 2021TECHCRUNCH
So another so-called GOP moderate is playing coy about the bill.
A MODERATE REPUBLICAN IS STILL A REPUBLICANKEVIN NAFFFEBRUARY 22, 2021WASHINGTON BLADE
But Rosa had been too coy to Alfred's evident devotion—almost repellent at seasons.
AT LASTMARION HARLAND
He was among the fleetest, and after some coy dallying he stood still until the athletic Sioux came beside him.
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WORDS RELATED TO COY

  • abashed
  • backward
  • blushful
  • blushing
  • chary
  • confused
  • constrained
  • coy
  • demure
  • diffident
  • embarrassed
  • humble
  • modest
  • nervous
  • overmodest
  • recoiling
  • reserved
  • reticent
  • retiring
  • self-conscious
  • self-effacing
  • shamefaced
  • sheepish
  • shrinking
  • silent
  • timid
  • timorous
  • unassertive
  • verecund
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.