- an object, often a small representation of something familiar, as an animal or person, for children or others to play with; plaything.
- a thing or matter of little or no value or importance; a trifle.
- something that serves for or as if for diversion, rather than for serious practical use.
- a small article of little value but prized as a souvenir or for some other special reason; trinket; knickknack; bauble.
- something diminutive, especially in comparison with like objects.
- an animal of a breed or variety noted for smallness of size: The winning terrier at the dog show was a toy.
- a close-fitting cap of linen or wool, with flaps coming down to the shoulders, formerly worn by women in Scotland.
- a simple, light piece of music, especially of 16th or 17th century England, written for the virginal.
- amorous dallying.
- a playful or amusing act; diversion; pastime.
- made or designed for use as a toy: a toy gun.
- of or resembling a toy, especially diminutive in size.
- to amuse oneself; play.
- to act idly; or with indifference; trifle: to toy with one's food.
- to dally amorously; flirt.
Origin of toy
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- an object designed to be played with
- something that is a nonfunctioning replica of something else, esp a miniature one
- (as modifier)a toy guitar
- any small thing of little value; trifle
- something small or miniature, esp a miniature variety of a breed of dog
- (as modifier)a toy poodle
- (intr usually foll by with) to play, fiddle, or flirt
Word Origin and History for toyed
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.