Coy is a related term of virtuous.
As adjectives the difference between coy and virtuous
is that coy
is (dated) bashful, shy, retiring while virtuous
is full of virtue, having excellent moral character.
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.
* vertuous (obsolete)
* vertuus (obsolete)
Full of virtue, having excellent moral character.