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

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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

Founded in 1887 in Milwaukee by seven brothers making felt pennants, sacks, toy dolls and pillows, Eder began making flags during the 1930s. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Oak Creek-based Eder Flag repairs treasured American flag damaged in Afghanistan," 13 July 2018 Bring an extra blanket and any age-appropriate soft toys. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Anyone who cannot adopt is encouraged to donate supplies to the shelters, including newspapers, puppy pads, food and toys. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Pets continue to flood Arizona animal shelters following monsoon storms," 12 July 2018 Watch a video of the game in action at a toy fair earlier this year, in which a young child learns firsthand just how difficult pimple-popping can be. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Dr. Pimple Popper Launched a Pus-Shooting Board Game and Dear God, I'm Not OK," 11 July 2018 The AirU program has students building their own particulate-matter sensors, starting with toy blocks, a cheap Arduino computer board, and a photo resistor that scatters light to detect particles of pollution. Jason Plautz, WIRED, "Cheap, Portable Sensors Are Democratizing Air-Quality Data," 11 July 2018 Breadth meaning, Prime Day deals will include everything from electronics and toys to everyday essentials and back to school supplies. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Are Amazon Prime Day sales a steal? We asked 4 pricing firms to find out," 10 July 2018 Blakewell lured the dog out with a squeak toy later that afternoon, CBS affiliate WTVR reports, and Princeton was taken to a veterinarian to be examined for injures. CBS News, "Dog feared dead in Virginia helicopter crash found alive inside damaged home," 9 July 2018 Ireland's stuffed Cat-in-the-Hat sat in a chair at a toy table across from a Cabbage Patch doll in a high chair. Glenn E. Rice, kansascity, "Grandma turns playhouse into memorial for granddaughters found dead in Clay County," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the film also toys with the idea of art as something that can be used to replace our connection with the real world, rather than just reflect it. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Don’t Leave Home is a wonderfully atmospheric waking nightmare," 6 May 2018 The rapist toyed with his victims, often breaking off mid-attack and wandering into the kitchen. CBS News, "Has "The Golden State Killer" been caught?," 28 Apr. 2018 The partners toyed with the idea of converting the building to a hotel or apartments, but Manchester cashed out the following year. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego is paying almost $18,000 a day to rent a vacant building," 22 Apr. 2018 But all while this was going on, Chelsea, Angela, Des, and Kellyn toyed with the idea of going after Libby while everyone else wasted their votes on either Dom or Chris. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Survivor: Ghost Island week 8 power rankings," 18 Apr. 2018 Macron has often toyed with this pairing while abroad, most notably on her trips to India and Washington, D.C. this March and April, which saw her infuse her tailored ensembles with feminine flourish through blush and pink tones. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Brigitte Macron at Couture? The French First Lady Arrives in an Unexpected Look," 2 July 2018 The Warriors have toyed with the rest of the league for two years since. Mike Sielski, Philly.com, "LeBron James to the Sixers? Two big factors make it unlikely | Mike Sielski," 29 June 2018 The 26-year-old is keen to test himself in England however, and has twice toyed with the idea of joining Liverpool, according to Bundesliga expert Lee Price. SI.com, "Bundesliga Star Wants Summer Reunion With Jurgen Klopp as Rumours of Liverpool Switch Swirl," 22 June 2018 Francis, who ran mid-distance at Oregon, has toyed with the idea of adding more to her plate. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Phyllis Francis follows her own path, doesn't worry about filling Allyson Felix's shoes," 22 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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