Synonyms & Antonyms of toy

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to engage in activity for amusement
  • the cat toyed with the mouse it had caught, batting it about

Synonyms for toy

Words Related to toy

Near Antonyms for toy

2 to show a sexual attraction for someone just for fun
  • likes to toy with men whom she has no intention of actually dating

Synonyms for toy

Words Related to toy

Synonyms & Antonyms of toy (Entry 2 of 2)

as in dwarf

Synonyms & Near Synonyms for toy

Antonyms & Near Antonyms for toy

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About toy

How does the verb toy differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of toy are coquet, dally, flirt, and trifle. While all these words mean "to deal with or act toward without serious purpose," toy implies acting without full attention or serious exertion of one's powers.

a political novice toying with great issues

When can coquet be used instead of toy?

While in some cases nearly identical to toy, coquet implies attracting interest or admiration without serious intention.

companies that coquet with environmentalism solely for public relations

When would dally be a good substitute for toy?

In some situations, the words dally and toy are roughly equivalent. However, 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 toy?

The words flirt and toy are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, flirt implies an interest or attention that soon passes to another object.

flirted with one fashionable ism after another

When could trifle be used to replace toy?

The meanings of trifle and toy largely overlap; however, trifle may imply playfulness, unconcern, indulgent contempt.

to trifle with a lover's feelings

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about toy

Time Traveler for toy

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Toy.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on toy

Dictionary: Definition of toy

Nglish: Translation of toy for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of toy for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about toy

Comments on toy

What made you want to look up toy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Here Be Dragons: A Creature Identification Quiz

  • monster werewolf photo
  • Which is a synonym of werewolf?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!