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coquet

noun co·quet

Definition of coquet

1 play \kō-ˈket, -ˈkā\ :a man who indulges in coquetry
2 play \kō-ˈket\ :coquette

Origin and Etymology of coquet

French, diminutive of coq cock


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coquet

adjective co·quet \ kō-ˈket \

Definition of coquet

:characteristic of a coquette :coquettish

First Known Use of coquet

1697


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coquet

verb co·quet \ kō-ˈket \
variants: or coquette

Definition of coquet

coquetted; coquetting
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.

Examples of coquet in a Sentence

  1. 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

1701

coquet Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of coquet

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


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