Definition of coquet

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 \ kō-​ˈket How to pronounce coquet (audio) , -​ˈkā \ : a man who indulges in coquetry
2 \ kō-​ˈket How to pronounce coquet (audio) \ : coquette


co·​quet | \ kō-ˈket How to pronounce coquet (audio) \

Definition of coquet (Entry 2 of 3)

: characteristic of a coquette : coquettish


co·​quet | \ kō-ˈket How to pronounce coquet (audio) \
variants: or coquette
coquetted; coquetting

Definition of coquet (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to play the coquette : flirt She coquetted with the solid husbands of her friends …— Dorothy Parker
2 : to deal with something playfully rather than seriously We have coquetted with a serious matter.

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Synonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of coquet in a Sentence

Verb at the country club she would often brazenly coquet with the husbands of the women to whom she was giving golf lessons

First Known Use of coquet


1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1697, in the meaning defined above


1701, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coquet


French, diminutive of coq cock

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The first known use of coquet was in 1691

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“Coquet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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