- The definition of toy is something miniature, like a play thing or used with play things.
- An example of toy is a small breed of a animal; toy poodle.
- An example of toy is a box used for keeping dolls in; toy box.
- Toy is defined as something to play with, or something small.
- An example of a toy is a Rubik's cube.
- An example of a toy is the dog breed Yorkshire Terrier.
- Toy means to play with or tease.
An example of toy is when a woman flirts with someone she has no intention of going any further with; toy with someone.
- amorous behavior; flirtation
- pastime; sport
- a thing of little value or importance; trifle
- a little ornament; bauble; trinket
- any article to play with, esp. a plaything for children
- any small thing, person, or animal; specif., a dog of a small breed, esp. one of the toy breeds
Origin of toyMiddle English toye in toysense (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ); other senses ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Middle Dutch toi, finery, ornament; akin to German zeug, Old Norse tygi, stuff, gear, probably akin to tug
- like a toy, or plaything, in size, use, etc.
- designating a breed of dog of a kind smaller than a miniature, kept typically as a lap dog: a toy poodle
- of or being a model, figure, etc., esp. a miniature one, designed to be played with as a toy: a toy soldier, toy fire engine, toy stove
- of, containing, or having to do with toys: toy box, toy store
- to play or trifle (with a thing, an idea, etc.)
- to engage in flirtation; dally
- An object for a child to play with.
- Something that provides amusement: “The profit on a toy like a motorcycle or a snowmobile is maybe a tenth that on a solid family car” (John Updike).
- a. A small ornament; a bauble.b. Something of little importance; a trifle.
- A diminutive thing, especially a dog of a very small breed or of a variety smaller than the standard variety of its breed.
- Scots A loose covering for the head, formerly worn by women.
- Chiefly Southern US A shooter marble.
intransitive verbtoyed, toy·ing, toys
- To amuse oneself idly; trifle: a cat toying with a mouse.
- To treat something casually or without seriousness: toyed with the idea of writing a play. See Synonyms at flirt.
Origin of toyMiddle English toye, amorous play, a piece of fun.
- Something to play with, especially as intended for use by a child. [from 16th c.]
- A thing of little importance or value; a trifle. [from 16th c.]
- A simple, light piece of music, written especially for the virginal. [16th-17th c.]
- To fly about playing their wanton toys.
- Beaumont and Fletcher
- What if a toy take 'em in the heels now, and they all run away.
- Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell.
- (slang, derogatory) An inferior graffiti artist.
- (Scotland, archaic) A headdress of linen or wool that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; called also toy mutch.
(third-person singular simple present toys, present participle toying, simple past and past participle toyed)
From Middle English toye (“amorous play, piece of fun or entertainment"), probably from Middle Dutch toy, tuyg (“tools, apparatus, utensil, ornament") as in Dutch speel-tuig (“play-thing, toy"), from Old Dutch *tiug, from Proto-Germanic *tiugijÄ… (“stuff, matter, device", literally "that which is drawn"), from Proto-Germanic *teuhanÄ… (“to lead, bring, pull"), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull, lead"). Cognate with German Spielzeug (“toy"), Danish legetÃ¸j (“play-thing, toy"). Related to tug, tow.