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
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

Whether that means going through oils that are leaking in the kitchen, toys that are broken in the playroom, puzzles with missing pieces, etc., these are the items that are easy to get rid of right off the bat. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Home Edit Founders Share Their Top Organizing Tips for 2019," 29 Jan. 2019 While all this is happening, Toby is secretly recreating the toy football stadium that perished in the Pearson fire. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Us Season 3 Episode 10: Randall Wins the Race as He and Beth Reach an Impasse," 16 Jan. 2019 Crew is also being kept busy with another popular toy. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here’s How Joanna Gaines Celebrated Crew’s First Major Milestone," 15 Jan. 2019 The book’s superb print quality on heavy bond helps highlight the many great details to be savored, especially in the watercolor animation backgrounds, graphite sketches, antique toys and vintage photos. John Canemaker, WSJ, "Book Review: Building a Better Mouse," 18 Jan. 2019 Several Twitter users promised to help look for the toy at Logan, and the hashtag #BringHornzyHome was created. J.d. Capelouto, BostonGlobe.com, "The search for ‘Hornzy Twigs’: Tweet over stuffed animal lost in Logan Airport goes viral," 9 July 2018 Another option is to turn your old tees into dog toys. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "What You Should Do With All Your Clothes That Don't “Spark Joy"," 11 Jan. 2019 The twins have been known to carry toys around with them. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Monaco's Princess Charlene Shares a Sweet Back-to-School Photo of Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques," 7 Jan. 2019 Country Living editors, with the help of a few boldfaced-name vetters, have sniffed out the grrreatest everything for your animals, from toys and treats to a gadget that practically guarantees good pet photos. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "The 2018 Country Living Pet Awards," 26 Dec. 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 \

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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