Roguish vs Coy - What's the difference?

roguish | coy |

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.




(en adjective)
  • 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.

    Derived terms

    * roguishly * roguishness



    Etymology 1

    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.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Enforced hate, / Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee.
    Derived terms
    * coyly * coyness


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To caress, pet; to coax, entice.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed, / While I thy amiable cheeks do coy .
  • (obsolete) To calm or soothe.
  • To allure; to decoy.
  • * Bishop Rainbow
  • A wiser generation, who have the art to coy the fonder sort into their nets.

    Etymology 2

    Compare decoy.


    (en noun)
  • A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.
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