An example of a toy is a Rubik's cube.
An example of a toy is the dog breed Yorkshire Terrier.
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.
An example of toy is when a woman flirts with someone she has no intention of going any further with; toy with someone.
A cat toying with a mouse.
Toyed with the idea of writing a play.
A toy poodle.
A toy soldier, toy fire engine, toy stove.
Toy box, toy store.
To fly about playing their wanton toys.
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.
To toy with a piece of food on one's plate.
Figo is toying with the English defence.
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 legetÃ¸j (“play-thing, toy"). Related to tug, tow.