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coquet

[ koh-ket ]
/ koʊˈkɛt /
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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.

adjective

noun

Obsolete. a male flirt.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

copán, coq au vin, coquelicot, coquelin, coquelin, benoît constant, coquet, coquetry, coquette, coquettish, coquilhatville, coquilla nut

Origin of coquet

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

/ (kəʊˈkɛt, kɒ-) /

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

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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