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noun \ˈtȯi\

Simple Definition of toy

  • : 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

  1. 1 obsolete a :  flirtatious or seductive behaviorb :  pastime; also :  a sportive or amusing act :  antic

  2. 2a :  something (as a preoccupation) that is paltry or triflingb :  a literary or musical trifle or diversionc :  trinket, bauble

  3. 3 :  something for a child to play with

  4. 4 :  something diminutive; especially :  a diminutive animal (as of a small breed or variety)

  5. 5 :  something that can be toyed with

  6. 6 Scottish :  a headdress of linen or woolen hanging down over the shoulders and formerly worn by old women of the lower classes

toy·like play \-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

  1. 1 :  to act or deal with something lightly or without vigor or purpose <toyed with the idea>

  2. 2 :  to engage in flirtation

  3. 3 :  to amuse oneself as if with a toy :  play <they're just toying with him>

toy·er play \ˈtȯi-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>

Circa 1529

First Known Use of toy

circa 1529

Synonym Discussion of toy

trifle, toy, dally, flirt, coquet mean to deal with or act toward without serious purpose. trifle may imply playfulness, unconcern, indulgent contempt <to trifle with a lover's feelings>. toy implies acting without full attention or serious exertion of one's powers <a political novice toying with great issues>. dally suggests indulging in thoughts or plans merely as an amusement <dallying with the idea of building a boat someday>. flirt implies an interest or attention that soon passes to another object <flirted with one fashionable ism after another>. coquet implies attracting interest or admiration without serious intention <companies that coquet with environmentalism solely for public relations>.




Simple Definition of toy

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  of diminutive size compared to a standard form or breed <a toy dog>

  2. 2 :  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


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