noun \ˈti\

: something a child plays with

: something that an adult buys or uses for enjoyment or entertainment

: something that is very small

Full Definition of TOY

a :  flirtatious or seductive behavior
b :  pastime; also :  a sportive or amusing act :  antic
a :  something (as a preoccupation) that is paltry or trifling
b :  a literary or musical trifle or diversion
c :  trinket, bauble
:  something for a child to play with
:  something diminutive; especially :  a diminutive animal (as of a small breed or variety)
:  something that can be toyed with
Scottish :  a headdress of linen or woolen hanging down over the shoulders and formerly worn by old women of the lower classes
toy·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of TOY

  1. Please put away your toys.
  2. He bought a new TV and a few other toys.
  3. Her latest toy is a sports car.
  4. Your car is just a toy compared to this truck.

Origin of TOY

Middle English toye
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with TOY


intransitive verb

Definition of TOY

:  to act or deal with something lightly or without vigor or purpose <toyed with the idea>
:  to engage in flirtation
:  to amuse oneself as if with a toy :  play <they're just toying with him>
toy·er \ˈti-ər\ noun

Examples of TOY

  1. <the cat toyed with the mouse it had caught, batting it about>
  2. <likes to toy with men whom she has no intention of actually dating>

First Known Use of TOY

circa 1529



: of, for, or relating to toys

: of a kind that is meant for a child to play with

—used to describe an animal (such as a dog) that is the smallest kind of a particular breed

Full Definition of TOY

:  of diminutive size compared to a standard form or breed <a toy dog>
:  designed or made for use as a toy <a toy stove>

Examples of TOY

  1. Put your toys back in the toy box .

First Known Use of TOY



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Plaything for a child or infant. Toys survive from the remote past and from a great variety of cultures. They range from the simple to the complex, from a stick or piece of string that becomes a toy in a child's hands to complex mechanical and electronic devices. Perennial favorites include balls, jump ropes, dolls, drums, whistles, dice, jackstones, board games, marbles, play weapons, and costumes. In the modern era the toy industry has grown tremendously, especially with the advent of computer games.


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