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toy

noun \ ˈtȯi \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of toy

1 : something for a child to play with
2 : something diminutive; especially : a diminutive animal (as of a small breed or variety)
3 : something that can be toyed with
4 a : something (such as a preoccupation) that is paltry or trifling
b : a literary or musical trifle or diversion
5 Scotland : a headdress of linen or woolen hanging down over the shoulders and formerly worn by old women of the lower classes
6 obsolete
a : flirtatious or seductive behavior
b : pastime; also : a sportive or amusing act : antic

toylike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of toy in a Sentence

  1. Please put away your toys.

  2. He bought a new TV and a few other toys.

  3. Her latest toy is a sports car.

  4. Your car is just a toy compared to this truck.

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Origin and Etymology of toy

Middle English toye


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toy

verb

Definition of toy

intransitive verb
1 : to act or deal with something lightly or without vigor or purpose
  • toyed with the idea
2 : to amuse oneself as if with a toy : play
  • they're just toying with him
3 : to engage in flirtation

toyer

play \ˈtȯi-ər\ noun

Examples of toy in a Sentence

  1. the cat toyed with the mouse it had caught, batting it about

  2. likes to toy with men whom she has no intention of actually dating

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First Known Use of toy

circa 1529

toy Synonyms

Synonyms
dally, disport, frolic, recreate, rollick, skylark, sport, play
Related Words
cavort, frisk, gambol, romp; dabble, trifle; amuse, divert, entertain; delight, please; dabble, fiddle (around), mess around, putter (around); bum (around), dawdle, goldbrick, hang, hang about [British], idle, loaf, lounge (around or about), relax, rest, screw around, slack (off); jest, joke, tease
Near Antonyms
drudge, labor, plod, plug (away), slave, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, work

Synonym Discussion of toy

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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toy

adjective

Definition of toy

1 : of diminutive size compared to a standard form or breed
  • a toy dog
2 : designed or made for use as a toy
  • a toy stove

Examples of toy in a Sentence

  1. Put your toys back in the toy box .

First Known Use of toy

1801



TOY Defined for English Language Learners

toy

noun

Definition of toy for English Language Learners

  • : something a child plays with

  • : something that an adult buys or uses for enjoyment or entertainment

  • : something that is very small


toy

adjective

Definition of toy for English Language Learners

  • : of, for, or relating to toys

  • : of a kind that is meant for a child to play with

  • —used to describe an animal (such as a dog) that is the smallest kind of a particular breed


TOY Defined for Kids

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toy

noun \ ˈtȯi \

Definition of toy for Students

1 : something for a child to play with
2 : something of little or no value
3 : something small of its kind

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toy

verb

Definition of toy for Students

toyed; toying
1 : to fidget or play with without thinking
2 : to think about something briefly and not very seriously
  • He was toying with the idea of doing a whole book of drawings.
  • —Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
3 : to flirt with


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