Simple Definition of coquetry
: the behavior of a coquette
Full Definition of coquetryplural
: a flirtatious act or attitude
Examples of coquetry in a sentence
<her compulsive coquetry at parties was embarrassing for her husband>
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The rooster's cocky attitude has given him a reputation for arrogance and promiscuity. It has also given English several terms for people whose behavior is reminiscent of that strutting barnyard fowl. The noun coquet comes from French, where it is a diminutive of coq, the French word for rooster. Originally, in the 1600s, English speakers used coquet to describe men who indulged in trifling flirtations. Today coquet can refer to male or female flirts (though coquette, the French feminine form, is more commonly used for flirtatious women), and coquetry can refer to flirtation by men or women.
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