Pygmy vs Toy - What's the difference?

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Pygmy is a synonym of toy.

As a noun pygmy

is (often capitalized, usually in the plural: pygmies ) a member of one of various ancient equatorial african tribal peoples, notable for their very short stature.

As an adjective pygmy

is relating or belonging to the pygmy people.

As a proper noun toy is





Alternative forms

* pigmy


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


    * dwarf * midget


    * giant

    Derived terms

    * pygmyish * pygmyism * pygmy hippopotamus * pygmy sperm whale


    (en adjective)
  • 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


    * pygmyish * dwarfish

    See also

    * Negrito




    (en noun)
  • Something to play with, especially as intended for use by a child.
  • A thing of little importance or value; a trifle.
  • * Abr. Abbot
  • They exchange for knives, glasses, and such toys , great abundance of gold and pearl.
  • 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:
  • 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 .
  • (obsolete) A vague fancy, a ridiculous idea or notion; a whim.
  • *, vol.1, III.i.2:
  • 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 […].
  • * Spenser
  • To fly about playing their wanton toys .
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • What if a toy take 'em in the heels now, and they all run away.
  • * Drayton
  • Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell.
  • (slang, derogatory) An inferior graffiti artist.
  • * 2009 , Gregory J. Snyder, Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground (page 40)
  • It is incorrect to say that toys tag and masters piece; toys just do bad tags, bad throw-ups, and bad pieces.
  • * 2011 , Adam Melnyk, Visual Orgasm: The Early Years of Canadian Graffiti (page 45)
  • I was a toy until I met Sear, who moved here from Toronto and showed me the book Subway Art.
  • (obsolete) An old story; a silly tale.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (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

    Derived terms

    * boy toy * chew toy * cuddly toy * sex toy * toylike * toyshop


    (en verb)
  • To play (with).
  • to toy with a piece of food on one's plate
    Figo is toying with the English defence.
  • To ponder or consider.
  • I have been toying with the idea of starting my own business.
  • (slang) To stimulate with a sex toy.
  • * 2013 , Jonathan Everest, Lady Loverly's Chattel
  • He could see her hand go to her slit, and soon she was toying herself along, breathing heavily.

    See also

    * game ----