- 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
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- a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
- to coquet.
Origin of coquette
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Examples from the Web for coquetted
And so the boy argued with himself and coquetted with the tempter.The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's
Talbot Baines Reed
And you have coquetted with me, played with me—as a cat plays with a mouse.The Wreck of the Titan
She appealed to him, coquetted with him, abused him; all to no effect.The Cricket
In German she coquetted with Schiller in the most delightful manner.Wanted: A Cook
Refused my notes, and coquetted with me to make me more eager for the pursuit.The Master of the Ceremonies
George Manville Fenn
- to behave flirtatiously
- to dally or trifle
- a woman who flirts
- any hummingbird of the genus Lophornis, esp the crested Brazilian species L. magnifica
Word Origin and History for coquetted
1660s, from French fem. of coquet (male) "flirt" (see 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.