coy readers should heed the lesson learned by the young woman in “The Squirrel.”
And while their writing may be coy and careful, the headlines they make usually are not.
Two months later, after Raymond had been released, coy bought his wife a new Chevrolet Impala.
The Israelis may be coy this time around because of the experience of then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The former tabloid editor played the part brilliantly on the stand with a mixture of the combative and the coy.
Meantime the big Mexican, coy, showed up from somewhere, just as Foster had.
And Mrs. Oldaker, with a coy fillip of her fan, called him a naughty boy.
He began, with coy hesitancy, to beat his scruples around the bush, which was not a bad lead.
Just from that you can realize how he had me guessing, for it takes quite some jolt to make me coy.
The coy warrior-maiden would fain break her plighted word; and we, here in our weakness, shall perish from her wrath.
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.