toy

noun
\ ˈtȯi How to pronounce toy (audio) \

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
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 \ ˈtȯi-​ˌlīk How to pronounce toy (audio) \ adjective

Verb

toyer \ ˈtȯi-​ər How to pronounce toy (audio) \ noun

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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 agent also said Baker was spotted on surveillance video the day before the robbery at a Dollar General store in London buying toy handcuffs identical to a pair found at the crime scene. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2021 The toy show boasts a $100,000 Camaro Hot Wheels Car that will be displayed during the show. Sam Fogel, Detroit Free Press, 8 June 2021 Next up is a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team best known this season for letting Javy Báez toy with them on the bases, starting Tuesday at PNC Park. Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Alone–style security system, and when Big Man steps on a trip wire, a small windup toy rolls across the floor, posing absolutely no threat to anyone, baby or adult. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 4 June 2021 One need only look at VTech, the toy company that suffered a major data breach in 2016 and later became the subject of scorn and warnings from cybersecurity experts, to understand the implications. Dimitri Sirota, Forbes, 3 June 2021 The toy giveaway is one of many OneSource Center for Nonprofit Excellence is coordinating throughout the summer. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 2 June 2021 The shooting injured a little girl who was out toy shopping and two women, one of whom was in the area as a tourist. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 29 May 2021 Some water-toy users, like Ms. Maser Berman, put their items away after each use. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When James would toy with Crowder, the Lakers bench would mimic it in real time. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2021 Toy publication Kidscreen reported earlier this year that the next big trend for environmentally-conscious parents could be toy rental programs. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 10 May 2021 Though anchored by a simple acoustic strum, frontman Wayne Coyne slathers his vocals in reverb, adding a psychedelic edge to the tune which the Lips continue to toy with throughout the track. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 29 Apr. 2021 That could lead Gonzalez to toy with his starting formation. Dallas News, 23 Apr. 2021 Grey’s Anatomy season 17 continues to macabrely toy with the idea of killing off its heroine, Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 12 Mar. 2021 The shell has a smooth coating to it that’s comfortable, but almost toy like. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, 26 Feb. 2021 One of the exhibit’s hands-on station lets folks toy with factors such as light and water to grow a crop. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 25 Feb. 2021 The nonprofit Santee Santas Foundation has canceled its annual food and toy collection drives because of the COVID-19 shutdown. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Also, mom and dad are clearly, in non-toy form, overwhelmed and exhausted. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 That's why the Chron Shopping team has picked out some of our favorite non-toy gifts for kids to keep children engaged, active, and happy. Micolette Davis, Chron, 19 Nov. 2020 Try Amazon’s own toy subscription service, which boasts a subscription for children aged 3 to 13. Popular Science, 11 Oct. 2019 Scene transitions show toy cities, just like those used on the legendary children’s show, only Lloyd’s story is unfolding in Manhattan, rather than Pittsburgh. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, 22 Nov. 2019 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, 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, 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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Time Traveler for toy

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The first known use of toy was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

10 Jun 2021

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“Toy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toy. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for toy

toy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of toy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something a child plays with
sometimes disapproving : 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 How to pronounce toy (audio) \

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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