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coquet

[koh-ket]
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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.
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adjective
  1. coquettish.
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noun
  1. Obsolete. a male flirt.
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Origin of coquet

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

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1. dally, tease.

coquette

[koh-ket]
noun
  1. a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to coquet.
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Origin of coquette

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

Synonyms

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1. tease, vamp.

Usage note

See -ette.
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Examples from the Web for coquetting

Historical Examples

  • A sharp suspicion crossed the doctor's mind that she was coquetting with him.

    Hetty's Strange History

    Anonymous

  • It was he who would flay her for coquetting with the liberator.

  • I, first of all, saw that Castelka was coquetting with Kopovski.

    Children of the Soil

    Henryk Sienkiewicz

  • I used to hear her coquetting and threatening to be late, if he wasn't 'good'—ugh!

    Sonia Married

    Stephen McKenna

  • A number of birds were about her, whistling and coquetting with each other.

    The Fair God

    Lew Wallace


British Dictionary definitions for coquetting

coquet

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

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

coquette

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

Word Origin

C17: from French, feminine of coquet
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Word Origin and History for coquetting

coquette

n.

1660s, from French fem. of coquet (male) "flirt" (see coquet).

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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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