ETYM Old Eng. coi quiet, still, Old Fren. coi, coit, fromL. quietus quiet, p. p. of quiescere to rest, quie rest; prob. akin to Eng. while. Related to While, Quiet, Quit, Quite.
1. Affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way; SYN. demure, overmodest.
2. Modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures.
3. Showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement.
ETYM Perh. from Old Fren. de murs (i. e., de bonnes murs of good manners); de of + murs, mours, meurs, mors, French moeurs, from Latin mores (sing. mos) manners, morals (see Moral); or more prob. from Old Fren. meür, French műr mature, ripe (see Mature) in a phrase preceded by de, as de műre conduite of mature conduct.
1. Of sober or serious mien; composed and decorous in bearing; of modest look; staid; grave.
2. Affectedly modest, decorous, or serious; making a show of gravity.
ETYM Latin diffidens, -entis, p. pr. of diffidere; dif- = dis + fidere to trust; akin to fides faith. Related to Faith, Defy.
1. Lacking self-confidence; SYN. shy, timid, unsure.
2. Showing modest reserve.
3 Overly shy or modest. Shy; modest.
Like a prude; very formal and moralizing; pretending to high virtue.