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 \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce toylike (audio) \ adjective

Verb

toyer \ ˈtȯi-​ər How to pronounce toyer (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 kids can touch the days and there will be anything from a little treat to a little toy for each day. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Vanessa Lachey Shares Why She And Nick Lachey Made All New Christmas Traditions Together," 12 Dec. 2018 Parents stood in line up to six hours to get a plush toy for the cost of their child's age. Sonja Haller, ajc, "How to get your $15 voucher after the failed Pay Your Age event at Build-a-Bear," 13 July 2018 Once tagged, the bats are freed and tracked with a device that resembles a Speak & Spell toy attached to an antenna. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "A mysterious disease is killing millions of bats. These scientists are trying to save them.," 12 July 2018 Give your animal something to distract them from the noise, like a kong toy filled with food. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Do Thundershirts Really Calm Dogs During Fireworks or What?," 3 July 2018 The story’s about a rabbit toy who becomes real thanks to the love of a child. Vanessa Golembewski, Glamour, "Have You Noticed They're Always Reading on Friends? Yes, Even Joey," 2 July 2018 Lithuania, a toy for children has provoked an intense legal dispute. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Meanwhile in ... Mongolia, women are experiencing their own #MeToo movement," 28 June 2018 The box will include a toy along with educational materials developed by the museum. Eric Adler And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "After losing millions, can Prairiefire dinosaur museum in Johnson County evolve? | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 The cub gets five feedings a day and enrichment activities including a toddler playground, a wobble toy, blankets and an empty box to play with. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "With toys and a slide, a bear cub adjusts to its temporary home at the Alaska Zoo," 11 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But as Nintendo itself revealed on Friday, fans' creation wasn't all that original... as Nintendo had already toyed with the idea itself. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nintendo reveals it invented “Bowsette” before the Internet did," 28 Sep. 2018 For us, that meant toying with expectations, perhaps even cause some shockwaves. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Noir at Bergdorf Goodman Is the Perfect Showcase for the Power of Black," 28 Aug. 2018 The impasse is especially awkward because China has long toyed with introducing CDRs: The idea was floated as far back as 2001. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "Alibaba Shares Remain Out of Reach in China, For Now," 30 July 2018 The late artist was known for feminist work that toyed with ideas about the female body and the male gaze. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: The force of fashion photos, underwater montages and Washington, D.C., feminized," 28 June 2018 That felt like football having its fun, turning the hero of the last game into the fall guy, and that sense of a sport toying with its champion was compounded with the second goal. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Arrogant Germany Accepts Its Shocking, Deserved World Cup Elimination," 27 June 2018 In the West, Mr. Kim, 34, has often been caricatured as a chubby child toying with nuclear missiles. New York Times, "Kim Jong-un’s Image Shift: From Nuclear Madman to Skillful Leader," 6 June 2018 On numerous occasions Eisenhower toyed with the idea of dropping nuclear bombs to sway foreign conflicts. The Economist, "Under the surface of Eisenhower’s era," 3 May 2018 The Pelicans don't have much playoff success in their past, but the team looked like a bunch of seasoned veterans as its toyed with the Blazers, who haven't been in control at any point during the first three games. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "Pelicans to fans: no brooms allowed, as team attempts sweep of Blazers," 21 Apr. 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
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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