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variants or coquette
as in to flirt
to show a sexual attraction for someone just for fun a group of college students coquetting with each other at the beach

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noun

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How does the verb coquet differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of coquet are dally, flirt, toy, and trifle. While all these words mean "to deal with or act toward without serious purpose," coquet implies attracting interest or admiration without serious intention.

companies that coquet with environmentalism solely for public relations

When might dally be a better fit than coquet?

While in some cases nearly identical to coquet, dally suggests indulging in thoughts or plans merely as an amusement.

dallying with the idea of building a boat someday

In what contexts can flirt take the place of coquet?

The words flirt and coquet can be used in similar contexts, but flirt implies an interest or attention that soon passes to another object.

flirted with one fashionable ism after another

When is toy a more appropriate choice than coquet?

While the synonyms toy and coquet are close in meaning, toy implies acting without full attention or serious exertion of one's powers.

a political novice toying with great issues

When would trifle be a good substitute for coquet?

Although the words trifle and coquet have much in common, trifle may imply playfulness, unconcern, indulgent contempt.

to trifle with a lover's feelings

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“Coquet.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/coquet. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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