Definition of Coyness

1. Noun. The affectation of being demure in a provocative way.

Exact synonyms: Demureness
Generic synonyms: Affectedness
Derivative terms: Coy, Coy, Demure



Definition of Coyness

1. n. The quality of being coy; feigned or bashful unwillingness to become familiar; reserve.

Definition of Coyness

1. Noun. The property of being coy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Coyness

1. the state of being coy [n -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Coyness

coxswaining
coxswains
coxy
coy
coy dog
coydog
coydogs
coyed
coyer
coyest
coying
coyish
coyishly
coyly
coyn
coyness (current term)
coynesses
coyol
coyol palm
coyote
coyote brush
coyote bush
coyote ugly
coyoteite
coyotelike
coyotes
coyotillo
coyotillos
coypou
coypous

Literary usage of Coyness

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1. Primitive Love and Love-stories by Henry Theophilus Finck (1899)
"Female coyness prevents too hasty marriages, and the girls who lack it often live ... coyness prolongs the period of courtship and, by keeping the suitor in ..."

2. The History of Human Marriage by Edward Westermarck (1922)
"It should, first, be noticed that in various cases at least the coyness of the female may be regarded as a modified continuation of a previous absolute ..."

3. Romantic Love and Personal Beauty: Their Development, Causal Relations by Henry Theophilus Finck (1887)
"Disadvantages of coyness.—Beneficial as are no doubt the effects which have been brought about by female coyness in developing the art of Courtship, ..."

4. View of the State of Europe During the Middle Ages by Henry Hallam (1848)
"Neither the maiden's coyness, nor the widow's affliction, neither aversion to the proffered candidates, nor love to one more favoured, seem to have passed ..."

5. British Popular Customs, Present and Past: Illustrating the Social and by Thomas Firminger Thiselton Dyer (1900)
"This mode of salutation is quite a matter of course ; it is never taken amiss, nor with much show of coyness ; the female must be very ordinary indeed, ..."

6. Darwinism and the Problems of Life: A Study of Familiar Animal Life by Konrad Guenther, Joseph McCabe (1906)
"Explanation of coyness and the animal coquette. Female selection inadmissible. The love - dance. Selection of the apparent strongest. ..."

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