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toy

play
noun \ˈtȯi\

Definition of toy

  1. 1 :  something for a child to play with

  2. 2 :  something diminutive; especially :  a diminutive animal (as of a small breed or variety)

  3. 3 :  something that can be toyed with

  4. 4a :  something (such as a preoccupation) that is paltry or triflingb :  a literary or musical trifle or diversionc :  trinket, bauble

  5. 5 Scotland :  a headdress of linen or woolen hanging down over the shoulders and formerly worn by old women of the lower classes

  6. 6 obsolete a :  flirtatious or seductive behaviorb :  pastime; also :  a sportive or amusing act :  antic

toylike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of toy in a sentence

  1. Please put away your toys.

  2. He bought a new TV and a few other toys.

  3. Her latest toy is a sports car.

  4. Your car is just a toy compared to this truck.

Origin and Etymology of toy

Middle English toye


First Known Use: 15th century


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toy

verb

Definition of toy

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to act or deal with something lightly or without vigor or purpose toyed with the idea

  3. 2 :  to amuse oneself as if with a toy :  play they're just toying with him

  4. 3 :  to engage in flirtation

toyer

play \ˈtȯi-ər\ noun

Examples of toy in a sentence

  1. the cat toyed with the mouse it had caught, batting it about

  2. likes to toy with men whom she has no intention of actually dating

Circa 1529

First Known Use of toy

circa 1529

Synonym Discussion of toy

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

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toy

adjective

Definition of toy

  1. 1 :  of diminutive size compared to a standard form or breed a toy dog

  2. 2 :  designed or made for use as a toy a toy stove

Examples of toy in a sentence

  1. Put your toys back in the toy box .

1801

First Known Use of toy

1801



TOY Defined for English Language Learners

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toy

play
noun \ˈtȯi\

Definition of toy for English Language Learners

  • : something a child plays with

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

  • : something that is very small


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toy

adjective

Definition of toy for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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toy

play
noun \ˈtȯi\

Definition of toy for Students

  1. 1 :  something for a child to play with

  2. 2 :  something of little or no value

  3. 3 :  something small of its kind


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toy

play
verb

Definition of toy for Students

toyed

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toying

  1. 1 :  to fidget or play with without thinking

  2. 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. 3 :  to flirt with



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