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coquet

[koh-ket] /koʊˈkɛt/
verb (used without object), coquetted, coquetting.
1.
to try to attract the attention and admiration of men for mere self-gratification; flirt.
2.
to act without seriousness; trifle; dally.
adjective
noun
4.
Obsolete. a male flirt.
Origin of coquet
1685-1695
1685-95; < French; literally, cockerel, equivalent to coq cock + -et -et
Synonyms
1. dally, tease.

coquette

[koh-ket] /koʊˈkɛt/
noun
1.
a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
verb (used without object)
2.
to coquet.
Origin
1605-15; < French, feminine of coquet
Related forms
coquettish, adjective
Can be confused
coquette, croquet, croquette.
Synonyms
1. tease, vamp.
Usage note
See -ette.
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Examples from the Web for coquetted
Historical Examples
  • And so the boy argued with himself and coquetted with the tempter.

  • And you have coquetted with me, played with me—as a cat plays with a mouse.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • She appealed to him, coquetted with him, abused him; all to no effect.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • In German she coquetted with Schiller in the most delightful manner.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • Refused my notes, and coquetted with me to make me more eager for the pursuit.

    The Master of the Ceremonies George Manville Fenn
  • She had had the refusal of them—and she coquetted with that.

  • She spread out her fan in the highest good-humour and coquetted behind it.

    The Black Moth Georgette Heyer
  • She confessed to me naively that she had coquetted a good deal.

    The Living Present Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • In his callow youth he had coquetted with ultra-Liberal ideas.

  • "Bleached blonde," said Spike after a sharper scrutiny of the fair one, who now coquetted with a circle of gallants.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for coquetted

coquet

/kəʊˈkɛt; kɒ-/
verb (intransitive) -quets, -quetting, -quetted
1.
to behave flirtatiously
2.
to dally or trifle
Word Origin
C17: from French: a gallant, literally: a little cock, from coq cock

coquette

/kəʊˈkɛt; kɒˈkɛt/
noun
1.
a woman who flirts
2.
any hummingbird of the genus Lophornis, esp the crested Brazilian species L. magnifica
Derived Forms
coquettish, adjective
coquettishly, adverb
coquettishness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, feminine of coquet
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Word Origin and History for coquetted

coquette

n.

1660s, from French fem. of coquet (male) "flirt" (see coquet).

coquet

n.

"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.

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