coquetry

noun co·que·try \ ˈkō-kə-trē , kō-ˈke-trē \

Definition of coquetry

plural coquetries
:a flirtatious act or attitude

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Examples of coquetry in a Sentence

  1. her compulsive coquetry at parties was embarrassing for her husband

Did You Know?

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.

First Known Use of coquetry

circa 1656

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COQUETRY Defined for English Language Learners

coquetry

noun

Definition of coquetry for English Language Learners

  • : the behavior of a coquette


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