Toy Definition

toyed, toying, toys
Amorous behavior; flirtation.
Webster's New World
Pastime; sport.
Webster's New World
Something that provides amusement.
American Heritage
Any article to play with, esp. a plaything for children.
Webster's New World
A little ornament; bauble; trinket.
Webster's New World
toyed, toying
To play or trifle (with a thing, an idea, etc.)
Webster's New World
To treat something casually or without seriousness.
Toyed with the idea of writing a play.
American Heritage
To engage in flirtation; dally.
Webster's New World
I have been toying with the idea of starting my own business.
To play (with).
To toy with a piece of food on one's plate.
Figo is toying with the English defence.
Like a toy, or plaything, in size, use, etc.
Webster's New World
Designating a breed of dog of a kind smaller than a miniature, kept typically as a lap dog.
A toy poodle.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
Of, containing, or having to do with toys.
Toy box, toy store.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Toy



Origin of Toy

  • 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

  • Middle English toye amorous play, a piece of fun

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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