coquetry

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

Definition of coquetry 

: a flirtatious act or attitude

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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.

Examples of coquetry in a Sentence

her compulsive coquetry at parties was embarrassing for her husband

First Known Use of coquetry

circa 1656, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coquetry was circa 1656

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coquetry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coquetry

: the behavior of a coquette

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