[ toi ]
/ tɔɪ /



made or designed for use as a toy: a toy gun.
of or resembling a toy, especially diminutive in size.

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. toxophore,
  2. toxoplasma,
  3. toxoplasma gondii,
  4. toxoplasmosis,
  5. toxopyrimidine,
  6. toy boy,
  7. toy dog,
  8. toy with,
  9. toy-toy,
  10. toyama

Origin of toy

1275–1325; Middle English toye dalliance; of obscure origin

Related formstoy·er, nountoy·less, adjectivetoy·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toy

British Dictionary definitions for toy


/ (tɔɪ) /


an object designed to be played with
  1. something that is a nonfunctioning replica of something else, esp a miniature one
  2. (as modifier)a toy guitar
any small thing of little value; trifle
  1. something small or miniature, esp a miniature variety of a breed of dog
  2. (as modifier)a toy poodle


(intr usually foll by with) to play, fiddle, or flirt
Derived Formstoyer, nountoyless, adjectivetoylike, adjective

Word Origin for toy

C16 (in the sense: amorous dalliance): of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for toy
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