from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To engage in coquetry; flirt.
- intransitive v. To trifle; dally.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flirtatious female; a coquette.
- n. A flirtatious male.
- v. Act as a flirt or coquet.
- v. Waste time; dally.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To attempt to attract the notice, admiration, or love of; to treat with a show of tenderness or regard, with a view to deceive and disappoint.
- intransitive v. To trifle in love; to stimulate affection or interest; to play the coquette; to deal playfully instead of seriously; to play (with).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See cocket and coquette.
- To attempt, out of vanity, to attract the notice, admiration, or love of; entertain with compliments and amorous flattery; treat with an appearance of amorous tenderness.
- To trifle in love; act the lover from vanity; endeavor to gain admirers.
- Hence To trifle, in general; act without seriousness or decision.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
French coqueter, from coquet, flirtatious man, diminutive of coq, cock, from Old French coc, from Late Latin coccus; see cock1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French coq cockerel + -et masculine diminutive suffix = “little cockerel”. (Wiktionary)