- amorous dallying.
- a playful or amusing act; diversion; pastime.
verb (used without object)
Origin of toy
Related Words for toyplaything, trinket, doll, flirt, fool, fiddle, tease, trifle, novelty, game, knickknack, curio, bauble, coquet, play, wanton, pet, cosset, dandle, sport
Examples from the Web for toy
Contemporary Examples of toy
I know that I cannot carry a gun in public and neither can my sons, even if it is a toy.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
A car was indeed dispatched, with no mention that the suspect was possibly a juvenile and that the gun might be a toy.The Cleveland Cops Who Fired 137 Shots and Cried Victim
December 2, 2014
For decades, toy production and marketing was increasingly gender neutral.Sexism Begins in the Toy Aisle
November 29, 2014
Then last week, a 12-year-old in Cleveland shot dead for holding a toy gun.Raging Protesters Set Ferguson on Fire
November 25, 2014
I often find myself in the toy aisle, having an existential crisis.Laura Jane Grace’s Trans Punk Rebellion
October 10, 2014
Historical Examples of toy
He was sitting on the floor with our boy gravely intent on a toy circus.The Harbor
Even this toy of a train brings us, in thirty minutes, to Beirut.The Book of Khalid
You were but a lad learning to fly your first toy helics when that happened.In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
We learn first to play with it academically, as the magnet was once a toy.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He wrapped the toy vane in a piece of paper and handed it to his small patron.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
- something that is a nonfunctioning replica of something else, esp a miniature one
- (as modifier)a toy guitar
- something small or miniature, esp a miniature variety of a breed of dog
- (as modifier)a toy poodle
Word Origin for toy
c.1300, "amorous playing, sport," later "piece of fun or entertainment" (c.1500), "thing of little value, trifle" (1520s), and "thing for a child to play with" (1580s). Of uncertain origin, and there may be more than one word here. Cf. Middle Dutch toy, Dutch tuig "tools, apparatus, stuff, trash," in speeltuig "play-toy, plaything;" German Zeug "stuff, matter, tools," Spielzeug "plaything, toy;" Danish tøi, Swedish tyg "stuff, gear."
1520s, from toy (n.).
If he be merie and toy with any,
His wife will frowne, and words geve manye.
["Song of the Bachelor's Life," 16c.]
Related: Toyed; toying.