coy

Definitions:

To behave with reserve; to be distant.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (verb, noun) (v. & n.) (verb, noun)
Modest; bashful; demure; shy.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
Shy; bashful; modest.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
Bashful; modest; reserved; not accessible.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
Modest: bashful: shy.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)
Coyness.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (noun) (n.) (noun)
Coyly.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (adverb) (adv.) (adverb)
Shrinking from familiarity; reserved, modest, or bashful.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (adjective) (adj.) (adjective)

Usage examples:

And, wethers, of this tender grass take, nothing coy your fill: So, when it comes, the after- math shall find you feeding still.
- Theocritus by Theocritus
If you like laughter's silver sound Why have you dealt me such a wound, If youth and beauty look askance At glum and heavy countenance, Why is it coy and cruel, Adding to my fire more fuel?
- A Legend of Old Persia and Other Poems by A. B. S. Tennyson
In short, she made a coy promise that she would co- operate with Mrs. Little " and," said she, " how lucky!
- Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade