Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Orlando undertook the defence of his sister with more zeal than prudence; but Mrs Rayland, though not to be convinced that Isabella was not a vain coquet, which indeed her unguarded gaiety gave the old Lady very good reason to believe, was however in a humour to be pleased with all Orlando said.

    The Old Manor House

  • Germany, and the Lord knows where, may have changed her from a little bewitching, smiling, artless creature -- to a _vain, designing, haughty_, -- I could call a coquet by a thousand names; -- but Lady

    Barford Abbey

  • His great friend and confidant, the painter and diarist Joseph Farington, bluntly called him "a male coquet".

    Thomas Lawrence: The new romantic – review

  • Her large Jackie O. sunglasses hid her pretty smile lines, but the coquet* gap between her two front teeth revealed itself when the corners of her lips turned up, "Salut!"

    mother-in-law

  • Mr Harrel, with his usual levity and carelessness, laughed at the charge, but denied any belief in her displeasure, and affected to think she was merely playing the coquet, while Sir Robert was not the less her decided choice.

    Cecilia

  • The Conversation of other Books were passant, as are the Entertainments of coquet Mistresses; but this, like a faithful Spouse, was my constant Companion; in her I enjoy'd the whole World, from the

    Exilius

  • Mademoiselle de La Bastie was inclined to coquet with your Melchior, and was only too ready to become your rival, though her arms are thin, and she has no more bust than most girls; moreover, her hair is as dead and colorless as that of

    Modeste Mignon

  • So, seizing a candle, he looked about for his gold-laced cap, and found it lying in its usual place, on a console-table, in the anteroom, placed before a mirror at which Jos used to coquet, always giving his side-locks a twirl, and his cap the proper cock over his eye, before he went forth to make appearance in public.

    Vanity Fair

  • “Ah! none of that! none of that — I cannot coquet with you!” she cried.

    The Woodlanders

  • Miss Grandison, I hope, cannot think of coquet-ting?

    Sir Charles Grandison

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  • said the Queen to Alice, "do you play coquet?"

    May 14, 2009