Roguish vs Coy - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between roguish and coy
is that roguish
is unprincipled or unscrupulous while coy
is (dated) bashful, shy, retiring.
As a verb coy is
(obsolete) to caress, pet; to coax, entice.
As a noun coy is
a trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.
unprincipled or unscrupulous
mischievous and playful
* 1840 , The Novel Newspaper (volume 2, page 8)
- "She'll be a match for poor little Cupid, with his tiny bow and arrow, I dare say," said Grace Fitzgerald, with a roguish eye.
From (etyl) coi, earlier .
(dated) Bashful, shy, retiring.
(archaic) Quiet, reserved, modest.
Reluctant to give details about something sensitive; notably prudish.
Pretending shyness or modesty, especially in an insincere or flirtatious way.
Soft, gentle, hesitating.
- Enforced hate, / Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee.
(obsolete) To caress, pet; to coax, entice.
(obsolete) To calm or soothe.
To allure; to decoy.
* Bishop Rainbow
- Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed, / While I thy amiable cheeks do coy .
- A wiser generation, who have the art to coy the fonder sort into their nets.
A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.