- 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 toying
A reminder that Washington has been toying with and lying to Americans for a long, long time.Why the FBI’s Suicide Note to MLK Still Matters
November 15, 2014
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
October 27, 2014
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
June 3, 2014
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
March 17, 2014
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
November 4, 2013
"Will you take a chair," said Crane, and he pushed the one he had been toying with toward Mortimer.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
He sighed faintly and laid down the rose he had been toying with.
Brander was toying idly with a chain that hung about the woman's neck.Erik Dorn
My hand was toying with it when I heard a faint scratching at the door.Sketches in Lavender, Blue and Green
Jerome K. Jerome
One hand was gloved; he was toying gently with the other glove.My New Curate
- 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 toying
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.