- the behavior or arts of a coquette; flirtation.
- dalliance; trifling.
Origin of coquetry
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Examples from the Web for coquetry
She must have had some experience in coquetry, but it is very likely that she had never met a man just like this one.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
It is needless to say that the nature of coquetry disposes to flirtation.
And with what coquetry he fans himself; how he dances and skips about!
The coquetry, the cunning, dropped out of the long, pale face.
All this that was passing through her mind was utterly foreign to any coquetry.
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Word Origin and History for coquetry
1650s, from French coquetterie, from coqueter (v.), from coquet (see coquet).
Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation depraves it .... [Donald Grant Mitchell (1822-1908)]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper