(often capitalized, usually in the plural: Pygmies ) A member of one of various Ancient Equatorial African tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature
(Greek mythology) A member of a race of dwarfs
- The Bantu immigration drove many Pygmy''' tribes into the darkest jungle, while other ' Pygmies were reduced to cohabitation in a subservient status
(figuratively) Any dwarfish person
- ''Homer and Herodote mentioned Pygmies in India (which would fit the Andamanese Negritoes) or Ethiopia (then meaning all Subsaharan Africa)
(figuratively) An insignificant person, at least in some respect
- ''Everyone looked like Pygmies whenever giant Joe joined his classmates
- ''Despite his towering stature, the minister proved a political pygmy
* pygmy hippopotamus
* pygmy sperm whale
Relating or belonging to the Pygmy people
Like a pygmy; unusually short or small for its kind
- ''Soil exhaustion ultimately produces a pygmy crop at best
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.