- amorous dallying.
- a playful or amusing act; diversion; pastime.
verb (used without object)
- toxoplasma gondii,
- toy boy,
- toy dog,
- toy with,
Origin of toy
Examples from the Web for toy
I know that I cannot carry a gun in public and neither can my sons, even if it is a toy.
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|Michael Daly|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For decades, toy production and marketing was increasingly gender neutral.
Then last week, a 12-year-old in Cleveland shot dead for holding a toy gun.
I often find myself in the toy aisle, having an existential crisis.
A dry branch snapped under Kerry's foot with the report of a toy pistol.Southern Lights and Shadows|Various
You knew you had fascinated me and bewitched me, and it gave you pleasure to toy with me!Frank Merriwell's Son|Burt L. Standish
I must get a toy to-morrow for Eliza, and send the device for the seals of myself and ——.The Love Affairs of Lord Byron|Francis Henry Gribble
At this the toy captain was so furious that he shook with anger from head to foot.The Other Side of the Sun|Evelyn Sharp
He stuck his hand through the unglazed window of a never-built shop and plucked out a toy in a battered box.Makers|Cory Doctorow
- 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.