Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An object for children to play with.
  • n. Something of little importance; a trifle.
  • n. An amusement; a pastime: thought of the business as a toy.
  • n. A small ornament; a bauble.
  • n. A diminutive thing or person.
  • n. A dog of a very small breed or of a variety smaller than the standard variety of its breed.
  • n. Scots A loose covering for the head, formerly worn by women.
  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. A shooter marble.
  • intransitive v. To amuse oneself idly; trifle: a cat toying with a mouse.
  • intransitive v. To treat something casually or without seriousness: toyed with the idea of writing a play. See Synonyms at flirt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inferior graffiti artist.
  • v. To play with, to mock
  • v. To ponder or consider.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plaything for children; a bawble.
  • n. A thing for amusement, but of no real value; an article of trade of little value; a trifle.
  • n. A wild fancy; an odd conceit; idle sport; folly; trifling opinion.
  • n. Amorous dalliance; play; sport; pastime.
  • n. An old story; a silly tale.
  • n. A headdress of linen or woolen, that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; -- called also toy mutch.
  • intransitive v. To dally amorously; to trifle; to play.
  • transitive v. To treat foolishly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To trifle; amuse one's self; play.
  • To dally amorously.
  • To treat in playful fashion; play with.
  • n. A domesticated pigeon of small size, bred for certain color-markings. The toys resemble the tumblers in general build and are among pigeons what bantams are among fowl.
  • n. A knick-knack; an ornament; a gewgaw; a trinket; a bauble.
  • n. Something intended rather for amusement than for serious use; a means of diversion; hence, especially, an object, contrived or used occasionally for the amusement of children or others; a plaything; also, something diminutive, like a plaything.
  • n. A trifle; a thing or matter of no importance or value.
  • n. Play; amorous sport; caress.
  • n. A curious conceit or fable; a story; a tale.
  • n. A fantastic notion; a whim; a caprice.
  • n. Same as toy-mutch.
  • n. In music, in old English writers, a dance-tune or other light, trifling piece.
  • n. A toy dog.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
  • n. any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
  • v. engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
  • n. a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
  • v. behave carelessly or indifferently
  • n. a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier)
  • n. a device regarded as providing amusement
  • n. an artifact designed to be played with

Etymologies

Middle English toye, amorous play, a piece of fun.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English toye ("amorous play, piece of fun or entertainment"), probably from Middle Dutch toy, tuyg ("tools, apparatus, utensil, ornament") as in Dutch speel-tuig ("play-thing, toy"), from Old Dutch *tiug, from Proto-Germanic *tiugijan (“stuff, matter, device", literally "that which is drawn”), from Proto-Germanic *teuhanan (“to lead, bring, pull”), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull, lead”). Cognate with German Spielzeug ("toy"), Danish legetøj ("play-thing, toy"). Related to tug, tow. (Wiktionary)

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