trifle, toy, dally, flirt, coquet mean to deal with or act toward without serious purpose.
trifle may imply playfulness, unconcern, indulgent contempt.
toy implies acting without full attention or serious exertion of one's powers.
dally suggests indulging in thoughts or plans merely as an amusement.
flirt implies an interest or attention that soon passes to another object.
coquet implies attracting interest or admiration without serious intention.
French, diminutive of coq cock
1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1
1697, in the meaning defined above
1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1
“Coquet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coquet. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.
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