I. noun Etymology: Middle English toye Date: 15th century 1. obsolete a. flirtatious or seductive behavior b. pastime; also a sportive or amusing act ; antic 2. a. something (as a preoccupation) that is paltry or trifling b. a literary or musical trifle or diversion c. trinket, bauble 3. something for a child to play with 4. something diminutive; especially a diminutive animal (as of a small breed or variety) 5. something that can be toyed with 6. Scottish a headdress of linen or woolen hanging down over the shoulders and formerly worn by old women of the lower classes • toylike adjective II. intransitive verb Date: circa 1529 1. to act or deal with something lightly or without vigor or purpose <
toyed with the idea
2. to engage in flirtation 3. to amuse oneself as if with a toy ; play <
they're just toying with him
Synonyms: see trifletoyer noun III. adjective Date: 1801 1. of diminutive size compared to a standard form or breed <
a toy dog
2. designed or made for use as a toy <
a toy stove

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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