- 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 coquetting
A sharp suspicion crossed the doctor's mind that she was coquetting with him.Hetty's Strange History
It was he who would flay her for coquetting with the liberator.A Modern Chronicle, Complete
I, first of all, saw that Castelka was coquetting with Kopovski.Children of the Soil
I used to hear her coquetting and threatening to be late, if he wasn't 'good'—ugh!Sonia Married
A number of birds were about her, whistling and coquetting with each other.The Fair God
- 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 coquetting
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.