verb (used without object), co·quet·ted, co·quet·ting.
  1. to try to attract the attention and admiration of men for mere self-gratification; flirt.
  2. to act without seriousness; trifle; dally.
  1. coquettish.
  1. Obsolete. a male flirt.

Origin of coquet

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

Synonyms for coquet


  1. a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
verb (used without object)
  1. to coquet.

Origin of coquette

1605–15; < French, feminine of coquet
Related formsco·quet·tish, adjective
Can be confusedcoquette croquet croquette

Synonyms for coquette

1. tease, vamp.

Usage note

See -ette. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for coquetted

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

Examples from the Web for coquetted

Historical Examples of coquetted

  • And so the boy argued with himself and coquetted with the tempter.

  • And you have coquetted with me, played with me—as a cat plays with a mouse.

    The Wreck of the Titan

    Morgan Robertson

  • She appealed to him, coquetted with him, abused him; all to no effect.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

  • In German she coquetted with Schiller in the most delightful manner.

  • Refused my notes, and coquetted with me to make me more eager for the pursuit.

    The Master of the Ceremonies

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for coquetted


verb -quets, -quetting or -quetted (intr)
  1. to behave flirtatiously
  2. to dally or trifle

Word Origin for coquet

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


  1. a woman who flirts
  2. any hummingbird of the genus Lophornis, esp the crested Brazilian species L. magnifica
Derived Formscoquettish, adjectivecoquettishly, adverbcoquettishness, noun

Word Origin for coquette

C17: from French, feminine of coquet
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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.

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