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 For a generation of young children, their first encounter with an electronic toy was made thanks to Texas Instruments. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, "After going all-in with its chips, Texas Instruments tried its hand at toys and calculators," 8 Apr. 2021 Finding a quiet dog toy is like looking for a dog who doesn't bark at the mail carrier. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, "Why Do Dogs Like Squeaky Toys?," 2 Apr. 2021 Researchers at Stanford adapted the mechanism inside a toy flashlight to build a simple electricity-free centrifuge to help perform this new COVID-19 test in areas that lack electricity and other laboratory infrastructure. Rebecca Richards-kortum, The Conversation, "‘Frugal design’ brings medical innovations to communities that lack resources during the pandemic," 29 Mar. 2021 For the kid at heart: An Easter popper This popper toy comes in two styles: a chick in a purple plane or a bunny flying a carrot, which is sure to elicit a chuckle or two from your teen. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, USA TODAY, "20 best Easter gifts for teens of 2021," 17 Mar. 2021 This flat toy is perfect for a game of tug of war or fetch. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Dog and Cat Owners Will Want Everything From Chewy's New Disney Collection," 15 Mar. 2021 About a mile from the sponge docks, Tarpon Avenue serves as the city’s downtown with a toy store, multiple antique stores, a butcher shop, plus more cafes and restaurants. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "A day in Tarpon Springs is filled with sea sponges, Greek culture," 14 Mar. 2021 Its work is a far cry from the plastic versions typically seen for sale at a toy store. al, "Georgia business strives to make best lightsaber in the galaxy," 14 Mar. 2021 The same is true, of course, for your local hardware store, electronics store, or toy store—all the independent businesses that define our downtowns, or used to. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "A Kansas Bookshop’s Fight with Amazon Is About More Than the Price of Books," 12 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Grey’s Anatomy Killed Off A Major Character. This Is What It Means For Meredith," 12 Mar. 2021 The shell has a smooth coating to it that’s comfortable, but almost toy like. Jason Cipriani, CNN Underscored, "The best gaming mouse of 2021," 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, "‘Planet Pioneers’ lands at Orlando Science Center," 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, "Holiday collection drives in South and East County UPDATED," 19 Dec. 2020 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, "Holiday collection drives in South and East County UPDATED," 19 Dec. 2020 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, "Holiday collection drives in South and East County UPDATED," 19 Dec. 2020 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, "Holiday collection drives in South and East County UPDATED," 19 Dec. 2020 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, "Holiday collection drives in South and East County UPDATED," 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, "Love and divorce in a video game? The innovative and weird ‘It Takes Two’," 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, "The best gifts for kids that aren't toys," 19 Nov. 2020 Try Amazon’s own toy subscription service, which boasts a subscription for children aged 3 to 13. Popular Science, "Subscription boxes that’ll have you waiting by the door," 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, "Inside the Unlikely Friendship That Inspired A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," 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, "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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Time Traveler for toy

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

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11 Apr 2021

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“Toy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toy. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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