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Reed vs Toy - What's the difference?

reed | toy |

As proper nouns the difference between reed and toy

is that reed is , a spelling variant of reid while toy is .



(wikipedia reed)

Etymology 1

(etyl) (l)'', (etyl) ''(l)''. Akin to German ''Ried''. No cognates in North Germanic languages, but a Gothic was derived The supposition] about Gothic and the quote from Noctes Atticae in : "''dixit ... amicus meus in libro se Gavi de origine vocabulorum VII legisse "retas" vocari arbores, quae aut ripis fluminum eminerent aut in alveis eorum exstarent''". It is theorised that the word may have a relation to ''ritae'' in ''[[:w:Noctes Atticae, Noctes Atticae] (Aulus Gellius).


  • (botany, countable) Any of various types of tall stiff perennial grass-like plants growing together in groups near water.
  • (countable, botany) The hollow stem of these plants.
  • (countable, music) Part of the mouthpiece of certain woodwind instruments, comprising of a thin piece of wood or metal which shakes very quickly to produce sound when a musician blows over it.
  • (countable, music) A musical instrument such as the clarinet or oboe, which produces sound when a musician blows on the reed.
  • (countable, weaving) A comb-like tool for beating the weft when weaving.
  • (uncountable, architecture) reeding
  • (mining) A tube containing the train of powder for igniting the charge in blasting.
  • straw prepared for thatching a roof
  • Derived terms
    * reed bunting * reed organ * reedy


    (en verb)
  • To mill or mint with reeding.
  • Etymology 2

    See ree


  • (ree)
  • Etymology 3

    Alternative forms

    * read


    (en noun)
  • (UK, Scotland, dialect) The fourth stomach of a ruminant; rennet.
  • References


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    (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¬†[‚Ķ].
  • * 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 ----