- amorous dallying.
- a playful or amusing act; diversion; pastime.
verb (used without object)
Origin of toy
Related Words for toyedplaything, trinket, doll, flirt, fool, fiddle, tease, trifle, novelty, game, knickknack, curio, bauble, coquet, play, wanton, pet, cosset, dandle, sport
Examples from the Web for toyed
Contemporary Examples of toyed
In 2000, he toyed with the idea of running as an independent.Trump Is ‘Thinking About’ a Run at the White House Again
December 2, 2014
I kind of just toyed with her all day, I thought it was funny.Norman Reedus: Daryl Doesn’t Need Romance, ‘The Walking Dead’ Isn’t About Erections
March 13, 2014
As I whispered into the microphone, I toyed with my top's straps and ran my fingers through my hair.ASMR and the Rise of the Whisper Fetish
December 7, 2013
“I toyed around with the idea of putting some things around the house on Craigslist,” she said.Sequester Furloughs Force Government Workers to Change Financial and Career Plans
August 10, 2013
Creators Robert and Michelle King have toyed with the audience here, creating in Kalinda a chameleonic character.‘Homeland’ and ‘The Good Wife’ Season Premieres: Review
September 27, 2012
Historical Examples of toyed
Where his real self was he did not know, so he toyed with the illusion.Viviette
William J. Locke
It was thus I now toyed there with my fate in my hands, as might a child have toyed with a bauble.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
I toyed with them instead of allowing myself to embrace them.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
He had toyed with the fancy, dreamily almost as men build their castles in Spain.The Sea-Hawk
La Boulaye toyed a moment with his pen, a frown darkening his brow.The Trampling of the Lilies
- 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.