coy

Take the adjective, coy, for a person who pretends to be shy but really isn't, or someone who could give a definite answer but won't. Coy behavior can be playful or just plain annoying.

Originally meaning "quiet and shy," today someone who is coy pretends to be shy in a playful manner — often as a form of flirting. If a politician is coy about something, he or she only gives vague statements on an issue for fear of committing to a position or angering his or her constituency. Common to both of these senses is the fact that a person uses coyness to subtly manipulate his or her audience.

DEFINITIONS OF: coy

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adj modestly or warily rejecting approaches or overtures

“like a wild young colt, very inquisitive but very coy and not to be easily cajoled”
Synonyms
timid
showing fear and lack of confidence

adj affectedly modest or shy especially in a playful or provocative way

Synonyms:
demure, overmodest
modest
not offensive to sexual mores in conduct or appearance

adj showing marked and often playful or irritating evasiveness or reluctance to make a definite or committing statement

“a politician coy about his intentions”
Synonyms
indefinite
vague or not clearly defined or stated
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