To which Spitzer coyly replied: "I don't have to answer that question."
Carter coyly characterizes the setting as “a room” and the time period as “yes.”
"We would like to offer our ideas," said McConnell coyly about the stimulus package.
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.