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Coy vs. Shy

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  • Coy (adjective)

    Bashful, shy, retiring.

  • Coy (adjective)

    Quiet, reserved, modest.

  • Coy (adjective)

    Reluctant to give details about something sensitive; notably prudish.

  • Coy (adjective)

    Pretending shyness or modesty, especially in an insincere or flirtatious way.

  • Coy (adjective)

    Soft, gentle, hesitating.

  • Coy (verb)

    To caress, pet; to coax, entice.

  • Coy (verb)

    To calm or soothe.

  • Coy (verb)

    To allure; to decoy.

  • Coy (noun)

    A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.

  • Coy (noun)

    A company

  • Shy (adjective)

    Easily frightened; timid.

  • Shy (adjective)

    Reserved; disinclined to familiar approach.

    "He is very shy with strangers."

  • Shy (adjective)

    Cautious; wary; suspicious.

  • Shy (adjective)

    Short, insufficient or less than.

    "By our count your shipment came up two shy of the bill of lading amount."

    "It is just shy of a mile from here to their house."

  • Shy (adjective)

    Embarrassed. en

  • Shy (verb)

    To avoid due to timidness or caution.

    "I shy away from investment opportunities I don't understand."

  • Shy (verb)

    To jump back in fear.

    "The horse shied away from the rider, which startled him so much he shied away from the horse."

  • Shy (verb)

    to throw sideways with a jerk; to fling

    "to shy a stone; to shy a slipper"

  • Shy (noun)

    An act of throwing.

  • Shy (noun)

    A place for throwing.

    "coconut shy"

  • Shy (noun)

    A sudden start aside, as by a horse.

  • Shy (noun)

    In the Eton College wall game, a point scored by lifting the ball against the wall in the calx.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Coy (adjective)

    Quiet; still.

  • Coy (adjective)

    Shrinking from approach or familiarity; reserved; bashful; shy; modest; - usually applied to women, sometimes with an implication of coquetry.

  • Coy (adjective)

    Soft; gentle; hesitating.

  • Coy

    To allure; to entice; to decoy.

  • Coy

    To caress with the hand; to stroke.

  • Coy (verb)

    To behave with reserve or coyness; to shrink from approach or familiarity.

  • Coy (verb)

    To make difficulty; to be unwilling.

  • Shy (adjective)

    Easily frightened; timid; as, a shy bird.

  • Shy (adjective)

    Reserved; coy; disinclined to familiar approach.

  • Shy (adjective)

    Cautious; wary; suspicious.

  • Shy (adjective)

    Inadequately supplied; short; lacking; as, the team is shy two players.

  • Shy (adjective)

    owing money to the pot; - in cases where an opponent's bet has exceeded a player's available stake or chips, but the player chooses to continue playing the hand before adding the required bet to the pot.

  • Shy (verb)

    To start suddenly aside through fright or suspicion; - said especially of horses.

  • Shy

    To throw sidewise with a jerk; to fling; as, to shy a stone; to shy a slipper.

  • Shy (noun)

    A sudden start aside, as by a horse.

  • Shy (noun)

    A side throw; a throw; a fling.

Webster Dictionary
  • Coy (adjective)

    affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way

  • Coy (adjective)

    showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement;

    "a politician coy about his intentions"

  • Coy (adjective)

    modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures;

    "like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled"

  • Shy (noun)

    a quick throw;

    "he gave the ball a shy to the first baseman"

  • Shy (verb)

    start suddenly, as from fight

  • Shy (verb)

    throw quickly

  • Shy (adjective)

    lacking self-confidence;

    "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"

    "problems that call for bold not timid responses"

    "a very unsure young man"

  • Shy (adjective)

    easily startled or frightened

  • Shy (adjective)

    short;

    "eleven is one shy of a dozen"

  • Shy (adjective)

    wary and distrustful; disposed to avoid persons or things;

    "shy of strangers"

Princeton's WordNet

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