[ koh-ket-ish ]
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  1. (of a woman) characteristically flirtatious, especially in a teasing, lighthearted manner.

Origin of coquettish

First recorded in 1685–95; coquett(e) + -ish1

Other words from coquettish

  • co·quet·tish·ly, adverb
  • co·quet·tish·ness, noun
  • un·co·quet·tish, adjective
  • un·co·quet·tish·ly, adverb
  • un·co·quet·tish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coquettish in a sentence

  • Feldman stares cheekily into the camera, smiles coquettishly and says, "Too late!"

    Marty Feldman: Dead Cool | Simon Doonan | November 2, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • "A regular petite maitresse," thought the Frenchman, seeing her roll herself about so softly and coquettishly.

    A Passion in the Desert | Honore de Balzac
  • The female, also sexually immature, responds coquettishly to these advances of the male.

  • She raised her beautiful tail coquettishly and again leaped sidewise with affected timidity.

  • She wore a black velvet dress, with a little red silk handkerchief coquettishly stuck in the breast.

    Dry Fish and Wet | Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen
  • Mrs. Rantzau stood on the upper deck in her dark blue dress, with the little toque coquettishly aslant on her head.

    Dry Fish and Wet | Anthon Bernhard Elias Nilsen