- 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 toying
A reminder that Washington has been toying with and lying to Americans for a long, long time.
For decades, the Pentagon has been toying with the idea of upgrading the B-52 bomber, first built in the mid-1950s.America’s 60 Year-Old Nuclear Bomber Might Finally Get a New Engine|Bill Sweetman|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From the beginning, Guy had the better of the fight, unhorsing Herman and toying with him for awhile.The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat|Steven Isaac|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Joe enjoys the sexual sway she holds over men, toying with their preconceived expectations in order to satisfy her appetite.Uma Thurman on ‘Nymphomaniac,’ Lars von Trier’s Alleged Misogyny, and Women’s Sexual Double-Standard|Marlow Stern|March 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do you see parallels between Banksy and yourself, as far as, I guess, toying around with these themes?James Franco On ‘Sal,’ Banksy, His Gay Fascination, and That Faulkner Cover|Marlow Stern|November 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"I'm sure I hope so," said Lennard, toying rather absently with his pencil.The World Peril of 1910|George Griffith
She was toying with the fringe of her shawl, and yet she seemed to hang upon his answer as she gazed straight at him.Dixie Hart|Will N. Harben
"You had better," replied Nubbee Bux, grimly, toying with his weapons.
"I would prefer to stand, if you don't mind," he answered, toying nervously with his cap.The Squire's Daughter|Silas K(itto) Hocking
Somehow he now believed in it as real, though he had always taken it as a toying pretence.Cleo The Magnificent|Louis Zangwill
- 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.