Coy vs Flirtatious - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between coy and flirtatious
is that coy
is (dated) bashful, shy, retiring while flirtatious
is of or pertaining to flirtation.
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.
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.
Of or pertaining to flirtation.
(of a person) Having a tendency to flirt often.
* cheeky, coquettish
* prudish, reserved