The solution to today’s Wordle puzzle (#409 – August 2, 2022) is coyly. The word means to be marked by cute, coquettish, or artful playfulness, or showing reluctance to make a definite commitment, according to Merriam-Webster. If you encounter it in the context of Shakespearean literature — which is a recurring theme in recent Wordle puzzles — it would mean the act of shrinking from contact or familiarity.
The root word “coy” has origins in Anglo-French “quoi,” “quei,” “koi,” and from Latin “quietus,” which all mean quiet. Today’s answer is yet another word that justifies the WordleBot’s obsession with crane as the perfect starter guess. If we had started off with crane, we’d probably have solved the puzzle in less than the six tries it took us (we know, it was a close shave). The WordleBot said it would have unraveled the mystery in four guesses, and the general guess average is 3.9 today. Hopefully, you crack the code in fewer guesses.