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Coy, adj. 1) disdainful, contemptuous, inaccessible to love: “flint-hearted boy, 'tis but a kiss I beg; why art thou c.?” Ven. 96. “yet was he servile to my c. disdain,” Ven. 96 “scorn is bought with groans, c. looks with heart-sore sighs,” Gentl. I, 1, 30. “but she is nice and c.” III, 1, 82. “as c. and wild as haggards of the rock,” Ado III, 1, 35. “'twas told me you were rough and c. and sullen,” Shr. II, 245.
2) soft: “if not, enforced hate, instead of love's c. touch, shall rudely tear thee,” Lucr. 669.
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