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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 coquetting
Historical Examples
  • A sharp suspicion crossed the doctor's mind that she was coquetting with him.

  • It was he who would flay her for coquetting with the liberator.

    A Modern Chronicle, Complete Winston Churchill
  • I, first of all, saw that Castelka was coquetting with Kopovski.

    Children of the Soil Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • I used to hear her coquetting and threatening to be late, if he wasn't 'good'—ugh!

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • A number of birds were about her, whistling and coquetting with each other.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • A woman doesn't go on for ever coquetting with her husband—it is a pity, but it's true.

    The Champagne Standard

    Mrs. John Lane
  • She was much relieved, but covered her feeling by coquetting.

    The Barrier

    Allen French
  • You told me yourself in so many words that I was coquetting with myself.

    The Locusts' Years Mary Helen Fee
  • There is much laughing and coquetting among the young people.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • As for coquetting, quibbling, resisting, she never once thought of it.

British Dictionary definitions for coquetting

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 coquetting

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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