- to try to attract the attention and admiration of men for mere self-gratification; flirt.
- to act without seriousness; trifle; dally.
- Obsolete. a male flirt.
Origin of coquet
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Examples from the Web for coquet
How little this was to be expected from Mlle. Coquet's shop!The Choice of Life
He was masked, and had with him only Coquet, the master of the household.In Kings' Byways
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He was masked, and attended only by Coquet, his master of the household.The Lock And Key Library
Without any need of self-restraint, no wish to coquet ever entered her head.War and Peace
I have been; and can tell you something more of the Coquet which is interesting.Grace Darling
- to behave flirtatiously
- to dally or trifle
Word Origin and History for coquet
"amorous, flirtatious person," 1690s, originally of both sexes (as it was in French), from French coquet (17c.), diminutive of coq "cock" (see cock (n.1)). A figurative reference to its strut or its lust. The distinction of fem. coquette began c.1700, and use in reference to males has faded out since.