how to pronounce coy


audio example by a male speaker

audio example by a female speaker

the above transcription of coy is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

coy is pronounced in one syllable

press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of coy

example pitch curve for pronunciation of coy


test your pronunciation of coy

press the "test" button to check how closely you can replicate the pitch of a native speaker in your pronunciation of coy

video examples of coy pronunciation

An example use of coy in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… in some ways it's frightfully coy it's …”

meanings of coy


  1. Pretending shyness or modesty, especially in an insincere or flirtatious way.
  2. Soft, gentle, hesitating.
  3. Reluctant to give details about something sensitive; notably prudish.
  4. Quiet, reserved, modest.
  5. Bashful, shy, retiring.


  1. To calm or soothe.
  2. To allure; to decoy.
  3. To caress, pet; to coax, entice.


  1. A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.
  2. A company.


  1. A surname​.

coy frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word coy occurs in english on average 2.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics coy can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that coy can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to coy


Did this page help you?