noun (plural -tries) Date: circa 1656 a flirtatious act or attitude

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  • Coquetry — Co*quet ry, n.; pl. {Coquetries}. [F. coquetterie.] Attempts to attract admiration, notice, or love, for the mere gratification of vanity; trifling in love. Little affectations of coquetry. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coquetry — 1650s, from Fr. coquetterie, from coqueter (v.), from coquet (see COQUET (Cf. coquet)). Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation depraves it .... [Donald Grant Mitchell (1822 1908)] …   Etymology dictionary

  • coquetry — [kō′kə trē, kō ke′trē] n. pl. coquetries [Fr coqueterie < coqueter: see COQUET] 1. the behavior or act of a coquette; flirting 2. the act of trifling or dallying …   English World dictionary

  • coquetry — coquette ► NOUN ▪ a woman who flirts. DERIVATIVES coquetry noun coquettish adjective coquettishly adverb coquettishness noun. ORIGIN French, wanton female , from coq cock …   English terms dictionary

  • coquetry — /koh ki tree, koh ke tree/, n., pl. coquetries. 1. the behavior or arts of a coquette; flirtation. 2. dalliance; trifling. [1650 60; < F coquetterie. See COQUETTE, ERY] * * * …   Universalium

  • coquetry — noun /ˈkɒkɪtri,ˈkəʊkətri,ˈkoʊkətri/ An affectation of amorous tenderness, especially of a woman directed towards a man. Syn: flirtation …   Wiktionary

  • coquetry — Synonyms and related words: amorous looks, come hither look, coquettish glances, coquettishness, coyness, dabbling, dalliance, dallying, fiddling, flirtation, flirtatiousness, fooling, fooling around, goo goo eyes, idling, jerking off, kidding… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • coquetry — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Flirting: dalliance, flirtation. See SEX …   English dictionary for students

  • coquetry — coq|ue|try [ˈkɔkıtri US ˈkou ] n plural coquetries [U and C] literary [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: coquetterie, from coquet little male chicken, man who flirts , from coq male chicken ] behaviour that is typical of a coquette …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • coquetry — co|quet|ry [ koukətri ] noun uncount FORMAL behavior that is intended to attract men sexually …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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