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For his coyness we were partly consoled by the gambols of the river-horses.

On his side there is no backwardness now; on hers no coyness, no mock modesty.

It was impossible for him to forget her gentle look or the coyness of her hands.

She looked up at me appealingly, though with no trace of coyness.

I say, were I her equal, I could find in this shyness coyness, and in that coyness love.

The only thing that worried him now was the coyness about shooting.

"He does know," she whispered, almost with the coyness of a girl.

This was no time for coyness, and she was too tender and true a woman to feel or to affect it.

After the first small shock, he had not failed to perceive the coyness of her; and why not?

He cursed the girl's fickleness, her coyness, her obstinacy!

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "quiet, modest, demure," from Old French coi, earlier quei "quiet, still, placid, gentle," ultimately from Latin quietus "resting, at rest" (see quiet (n.)). Meaning "shy" emerged late 14c. Meaning "unwilling to commit" is 1961. Related: Coyly; coyness.

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