verb (used without object), co·quet·ted, co·quet·ting.

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

1685–95; < French; literally, cockerel, equivalent to coq cock + -et -et

Synonyms for coquet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for coquet

fool, trifle, wanton, flirt, toy, vamp, titillate, philander, dally, operate

Examples from the Web for coquet

Historical Examples of coquet

  • How little this was to be expected from Mlle. Coquet's shop!

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc

  • He was masked, and had with him only Coquet, the master of the household.

    In Kings' Byways

    Stanley J. Weyman

  • He was masked, and attended only by Coquet, his master of the household.

  • Without any need of self-restraint, no wish to coquet ever entered her head.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

  • I have been; and can tell you something more of the Coquet which is interesting.

British Dictionary definitions for coquet


verb -quets, -quetting or -quetted (intr)

to behave flirtatiously
to dally or trifle

Word Origin for coquet

C17: from French: a gallant, literally: a little cock, from coq cock
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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.

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