from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Dalliance; flirtation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An affectation of amorous tenderness, especially of a woman directed towards a man.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Attempts to attract admiration, notice, or love, for the mere gratification of vanity; trifling in love.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Effort to attract admiration, notice, or love, from vanity or for amusement; affectation of amorous tenderness; trifling in love.
- n. Synonyms See flirtation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
When he was gone, she scolded me, and reproached me with what she called my coquetry and imprudence; I could not bear her injustice, and very rashly replied, that no one had a right to blame me when my own conscience absolved me.
'And what if I tell you that I know it -- that in the very employment of the arts of what you call coquetry, I am but exercising those powers of pleasing by which men are led to frequent the salon instead of the café, and like the society of the cultivated and refined better than --'
Love has its piece of bread, but it has also its science of loving, that science which we call coquetry, a delightful word which the
Still, pleasant as her recollections were, she often looked back self-reproachfully upon passages of her youth; and Sainte-Beuve, though he calls her coquetry "_une coquetterie angelique_," recognizes it as a blemish.
I dread that she should acquire preposterous notions of love, of happiness, from the furtive perusal of vulgar novels, or from the clandestine conversation of ignorant waiting-maids: – I dread that she should acquire, even from the enchanting eloquence of Rousseau, the fatal idea, that cunning and address are the natural resources of her sex; that coquetry is necessary to attract, and dissimulation to preserve the heart of man.
Bell Fermor and her lover: your friend has been indiscreet; her spirit of coquetry is eternally carrying her wrong; but in my opinion Fitzgerald has been at least equally to blame.
He called my attention to what he led me to term coquetry between my wife and this young man.
Because a handsome girl has had a spark of coquetry, that is no reason. &cdq;
I would not have invited the reader's attention to so trivial a matter, but to remark that everything is becoming to the beautiful; for indeed this peasant girl showed, in everything she said and did, a certain natural grace which could not be called coquetry unless you will so call an innate unconscious instinct.
Your prudence will suggest to you, "she added," that coquetry, which is not defensible in a maiden, is still more inexcusable in a wife.