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toy / toi/ • n. 1. an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something: [as adj.] a toy car. ∎  an object, esp. a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult: in 1914 the car was still a rich man's toy. ∎  a person treated by another as a source of pleasure or amusement rather than with due seriousness: a man needed a friend, an ally, not an idol or a toy. 2. [as adj.] denoting a diminutive breed or variety of dog: a toy poodle. PHRASAL VERBS: toy with 1. consider (an idea, movement, or proposal) casually or indecisively. ∎  treat (someone) without due seriousness, esp. in a superficially amorous way. 2. move or handle (an object) absentmindedly or nervously. ∎  eat or drink in an unenthusiastic or restrained way. DERIVATIVES: toy·like / -ˌlīk/ adj.

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A. †amorous play XIV; †sportive or fantastic action, antic, trick XV;

B. trifling object; thing to play with XVI. of unkn. orig.

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