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synonyms for coyness

  • bashfulness
  • demureness
  • diffidence
  • modesty
  • reserve
  • sheepishness
  • timidity
  • kittenishness
  • retiringness
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antonyms for coyness

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  • boldness
  • confidence
  • pride
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How to use coyness in a sentence

In general, the girl-child, when in love, displays far less coyness and reserve than the young woman.
THE SEXUAL LIFE OF THE CHILDALBERT MOLL
"Well, I'm sure you're among friends when you're here," Mrs. O'Brien said with a downcast look of melting coyness.
THE ROSIE WORLDPARKER FILLMORE
We struck up an acquaintance with him, after a few days of coyness on his part, and finally made him a friend.
ARTISTS AND ARABSHENRY BLACKBURN
Maiden coyness and love of liberty might make her as willing to elude his approach as her friends could wish.
MAGNUM BONUMCHARLOTTE M. YONGE
Mrs. Butters' coyness and refusal to be embraced because of the flask of coffee in her bosom is an instance of this.
A WOMAN'S PART IN A REVOLUTIONNATALIE HARRIS HAMMOND
Resting her white elbows on Ethridge's desk and eyeing him with calculating coyness, Lucy knew that he had not read the stories.
BIZARRELAWTON MACKALL
Was she going to forget her cruelty and coyness and show herself to me over the water at last, at the latest possible moment?
A JOURNAL FROM JAPANMARIE CARMICHAEL STOPES
The only thing that worried him now was the coyness about shooting.
HUNTINGTOWERJOHN BUCHAN
She yielded to temptation, but with becoming coyness and modesty.
THE BOOK OF THE BUSHGEORGE DUNDERDALE
Your lover has fallen under the law; what then can you lose, by raising the veil of maidenly coyness a little?
QUINTUS CLAUDIUS, VOLUME 2 OF 2ERNST ECKSTEIN
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO COYNESS

  • bashfulness
  • coyness
  • demureness
  • diffidence
  • hesitancy
  • reluctance
  • reticence
  • timidness
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.