Something to play with, especially as intended for use by a child.
A thing of little importance or value; a trifle.
* Abr. Abbot
A simple, light piece of music, written especially for the virginal.
(obsolete) Love play, amorous dalliance; fondling.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.i:
- They exchange for knives, glasses, and such toys , great abundance of gold and pearl.
(obsolete) A vague fancy, a ridiculous idea or notion; a whim.
*, vol.1, III.i.2:
- Then seemed him his Lady by him lay, / And to him playnd, how that false winged boy, / Her chast hart had subdewd, to learne Dame pleasures toy .
- Though they do talk with you, and seem to be otherwise employed, and to your thinking very intent and busy, still that toy runs in their mind, that fear, that suspicion, that abuse, that jealousy […].
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- To fly about playing their wanton toys .
- What if a toy take 'em in the heels now, and they all run away.
(slang, derogatory) An inferior graffiti artist.
* 2009 , Gregory J. Snyder, Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground (page 40)
- Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell.
* 2011 , Adam Melnyk, Visual Orgasm: The Early Years of Canadian Graffiti (page 45)
- It is incorrect to say that toys tag and masters piece; toys just do bad tags, bad throw-ups, and bad pieces.
(obsolete) An old story; a silly tale.
- I was a toy until I met Sear, who moved here from Toronto and showed me the book Subway Art.
(Scotland, archaic) A headdress of linen or wool that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; called also toy mutch.
* Sir Walter Scott
- Having, moreover, put on her clean toy , rokelay, and scarlet plaid.
* See also
* boy toy
* chew toy
* cuddly toy
* sex toy
To play (with).
- to toy with a piece of food on one's plate
To ponder or consider.
- Figo is toying with the English defence.
(slang) To stimulate with a sex toy.
* 2013 , Jonathan Everest, Lady Loverly's Chattel
- I have been toying with the idea of starting my own business.
- He could see her hand go to her slit, and soon she was toying herself along, breathing heavily.
From (etyl) coi, earlier .
(dated) Bashful, shy, retiring.
(archaic) Quiet, reserved, modest.
Reluctant to give details about something sensitive; notably prudish.
Pretending shyness or modesty, especially in an insincere or flirtatious way.
Soft, gentle, hesitating.
- Enforced hate, / Instead of love's coy touch, shall rudely tear thee.
(obsolete) To caress, pet; to coax, entice.
(obsolete) To calm or soothe.
To allure; to decoy.
* Bishop Rainbow
- Come sit thee down upon this flowery bed, / While I thy amiable cheeks do coy .
- A wiser generation, who have the art to coy the fonder sort into their nets.
A trap from which waterfowl may be hunted.