toy

noun
\ˈtȯi \

Definition of toy 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

4a : something (such as a preoccupation) that is paltry or trifling

b : a literary or musical trifle or diversion

c : trinket, bauble

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

toy

verb
toyed; toying; toys

Definition of toy (Entry 2 of 3)

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

toy

adjective

Definition of toy (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from toy

Noun

toylike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

Verb

toyer \ ˈtȯi-​ər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for toy

Verb

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 toy in a Sentence

Noun

Please put away your toys. He bought a new TV and a few other toys. Her latest toy is a sports car. Your car is just a toy compared to this truck.

Verb

the cat toyed with the mouse it had caught, batting it about likes to toy with men whom she has no intention of actually dating

Adjective

Put your toys back in the toy box .
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The catalog features pages dedicated to popular toy brands like VTech, Lego, Little Tikes, and Hotwheels. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Amazon’s 70-page catalog will be sent to millions of customers.," 7 Nov. 2018 And my invention isn’t clothing or children’s toys. Popular Mechanics, "A Disabled Veteran Inspired Me To Invent the Forklift Anyone Can Drive," 29 Oct. 2018 Reindeer in Here is a new toy all about spreading a positive holiday message — without requiring family members to dream up new, elaborate poses every day for four weeks. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This New "Reindeer in Here" Toy Is the More Positive Version of Your Christmas Elf," 23 Oct. 2018 Fans of tiny PCs have some interesting new toys to play with. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Intel rolls out NUC mini-PCs with 10nm 'Cannon Lake' CPUs and AMD Radeon graphics," 16 Aug. 2018 There is even a Bush chew toy for dogs whose owners are presumably Democrats, along with stress balls and voodoo dolls from the late '00s when anti-Bush sentiment ran high. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Happy birthday to George W. Bush, the most doll-friendly president," 6 July 2018 And in this scenario, IKEA would be the hottest toy of the season. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "We hear you, Louisville: Give us IKEA! And Publix, Crate & Barrel ...," 29 June 2018 Their distribution reinforced the perception that Divvy was more a two-wheeled toy for tourists than a serious public transportation option for locals. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Divvy at 5: Chicago’s bike share is better than ever," 18 June 2018 Anyone with really young children (ages 3-6) that wants to start teaching the basic concepts of programming should check out Cubetto, which is a screenless coding toy. Ken Colburn, azcentral, "How can I help my children learn to code?," 28 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Meantime, Brady, dreamer of crazy dreams, had been toying with the idea of going to Cuba and joining Fidel Castro’s rebels in the mountains. Longreads, "The Bungled Bank Robbery That Ended in a Landmark Legal Ruling," 26 June 2018 The half-placket pullover shirts are a breezy summer staple but in 2018, designers have been toying with the silhouette in every way. Max Berlinger, GQ, "17 Summer-Ready Popover Shirts You Can Buy Right Now," 20 June 2018 The populists who make up Italy’s new government have toyed with exiting the common currency, whereas all of Spain’s major parties are committed to staying in. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Why Italy Is Flirting with Euro Exit and Spain Isn’t," 3 June 2018 The company had been toying with the idea for some time as a more direct competitor to Boeing's 777X, but has backed off the plan in the absence of a stronger business case for moving ahead. USA TODAY, "Qatar Airways takes delivery of Airbus' biggest A350 yet," 20 Feb. 2018 Around November, Bee and her colleagues, who've filmed remote pieces in Scotland and Jordan, began toying with the idea of going to Puerto Rico and maybe even broadcasting live from the island. Meredith Blake, latimes.com, "Six months after Hurricane Maria, Samantha Bee brings 'Full Frontal' to Puerto Rico," 27 Mar. 2018 As a child, John toyed with microscopes, partially resurrected a broken TV set and dissected a dead bird. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Sulston’s Work on Lowly Worm Led to Major Role in Mapping Human Genome," 16 Mar. 2018 The Seahawks also toyed some with an alignment featuring Tedric Thompson — like Hill, a 2017 draftee who played sparingly as a rookie — at free safety and McDougald at strong. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Ron Parker’s signing in Atlanta may show that Seahawks are content with their depth at safety," 25 June 2018 Artists also are toying with album length and frequency of releases. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Shorter, Better, Faster, Stronger? Kanye West Tries Minialbums," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Without proper safeguards—by parents, if not toy companies—children are at risk, both individually and through collection of aggregate data about kids’ activities. Marie-helen Maras, Scientific American, "4 Ways “Internet of Things” Toys Endanger Children," 10 May 2018 When the researchers presented plans for their study to tribe members who were trained research assistants, the assistants protested that the experiment—which involved watching children play with toy animals—was not culturally appropriate. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Culture Shapes How Children View the Natural World," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of toy

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

Verb

circa 1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for toy

Noun

Middle English toye

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toy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of toy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something a child plays with

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

: something that is very small

toy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of toy (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ˈtȯi \

Kids Definition of toy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something for a child to play with

2 : something of little or no value

3 : something small of its kind

toy

verb
toyed; toying

Kids Definition of toy (Entry 2 of 2)

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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