But her coyness, her apparent indifference, her walking out to the old captain from her lover, all helped to rivet his chains.
For his coyness we were partly consoled by the gambols of the river-horses.
There was no time for ardent wooing on his part, no vacillation nor coyness on hers.
It was impossible for him to forget her gentle look or the coyness of her hands.
But with the coyness of his caste, he affected reluctance and hesitation; he dallied with his own impatient yearnings.
"He does know," she whispered, almost with the coyness of a girl.
His eyes lightened with eagerness and joy, and she trembled with coyness and confusion.
This was no time for coyness, and she was too tender and true a woman to feel or to affect it.
Our coyness may be imagined; but we consented at length to take this view of the matter, and at noon called up our camels.
The kind of coyness which she had displayed had been the very infatuation of feminine imbecility.
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.