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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
  • Far from coquetting with Boldwood, she had trifled with himself in thus feigning that she had trifled with another.

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

  • Meanwhile Maitland was in no haste to renew my opportunities of coquetting.

    Discipline Mary Brunton
  • I used to hear her coquetting and threatening to be late, if he wasn't 'good'—ugh!

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
  • It is true he might have pointed to the coquetting of the other party, or its leaders, with the Parnellites.

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

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • They were coquetting with the Abolitionists; and they stood for the tariff and the bank.

    Children of the Market Place Edgar Lee Masters
  • 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
  • We warn the Labor leaders, whether they listen to us or not, that they are coquetting with the historic enemy of the people.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
  • 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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