Toy meaning

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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.

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An object for a child to play with.
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Any small thing, person, or animal; specif., a dog of a small breed, esp. one of the toy breeds.
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A loose covering for the head, formerly worn by women.
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Something that provides amusement.
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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.

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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.

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A diminutive thing, especially a dog of a very small breed or of a variety smaller than the standard variety of its breed.
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A shooter marble.
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To amuse oneself idly; trifle.

A cat toying with a mouse.

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To treat something casually or without seriousness.

Toyed with the idea of writing a play.

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A thing of little value or importance; trifle.
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A little ornament; bauble; trinket.
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Any article to play with, esp. a plaything for children.
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Like a toy, or plaything, in size, use, etc.
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Designating a breed of dog of a kind smaller than a miniature, kept typically as a lap dog.

A toy poodle.

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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.

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Of, containing, or having to do with toys.

Toy box, toy store.

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To play or trifle (with a thing, an idea, etc.)
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To engage in flirtation; dally.
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Something to play with, especially as intended for use by a child. [from 16th c.]
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A thing of little importance or value; a trifle. [from 16th c.]
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A simple, light piece of music, written especially for the virginal. [16th-17th c.]
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Spenser.

To fly about playing their wanton toys.

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Beaumont and Fletcher.

What if a toy take 'em in the heels now, and they all run away.

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Drayton.

Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell.

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(slang, derogatory) An inferior graffiti artist.
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(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.
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To play (with).

To toy with a piece of food on one's plate.

Figo is toying with the English defence.

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I have been toying with the idea of starting my own business.

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(slang) To stimulate with a sex toy.
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Origin of toy

  • Middle English toye amorous play, a piece of fun
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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 legetøj (“play-thing, toy"). Related to tug, tow.
    From Wiktionary