- 1An object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something: [as modifier]: a toy carMore example sentences
- There will be a range of automotive toys and model cars, boats and planes for children as well as a jumping castle, clowns, face painting and a care centre
- Everything bar the kitchen sink has to go… from cuddly toys to the cars standing on their driveway.
- Her favourite dolls, cuddly toys and teddy bears are lined along her shelves and bed.
- 1.1An object, especially a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult: in 1914 the car was still a rich man’s toyMore example sentences
- The investment looked canny as the market for gadgets and toys aimed at adults keeps growing.
- The shop has been operating for more than three months, selling lingerie, adult toys and adult magazines, none of which requires a licence.
- But now that they've got that little one that everyone carries around, that's a bit of an adult toy, too.
- 1.2A 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 toyMore example sentences
- Sadly the drugs rapidly tired her out and she slumped back in humiliated defeat, a toy for his pleasure.
- Ilsa treats the inhabitants of her prison camp like toys to be played with and broken.
- 2 [as modifier] Denoting a diminutive breed or variety of dog: a toy poodleMore example sentences
- Unlike the show held in April, there were not many fancy and toy breeds.
- He was judged against a flat-coated retriever, a giant schnauzer, an Old English sheepdog, a wire fox terrier, a saluki hound and Pekingese toy dog.
- Like so many fashions in New York, Rosenthal says the surge in demand for toy dog breeds is largely celebrity-driven.
- 1Consider (an idea, movement, or proposal) casually or indecisively.More example sentences
think about, consider, flirt with, entertain the possibility of; kick around
- He had toyed with the idea of writing a novel about the Labor movement, with a Eugene Debs character at its center, for some time, and would continue to do so, but in the end the novel never got written.
- At any rate, I was considering the whole blogging thing and was toying with the idea of just quitting altogether, packing it up and saying ‘Adios Amigos!’
- She had also toyed with the idea of being a chicken farmer but considered the risks too high.
- 1.1Treat (someone) without due seriousness, especially in a superficially amorous way.More example sentences
- Life is good, but seriously Bill, you're way too easy to toy with.
- As a pretty girl from a respectable family, she toys with her beaux - little boys who must play the love game by her rules.
- I don't know, Mitch, what the psychiatrists or psychologists on our panel are going to say, but others today have been saying that he is toying with us.
- 2Move or handle (an object) absentmindedly or nervously.More example sentences
fiddle with, play with, fidget with, twiddle; finger
- Her fingers toyed absently with the handle of the mug of ale before her.
- ‘Justin,’ I answered, toying nervously with the ends of my hideous plaid, pleated skirt.
- But turn I did, rolling over slowly to face the girl standing in the doorway, toying nervously with her sleeve.
- 2.1Eat or drink in an unenthusiastic or restrained way.More example sentences
- She was toying with the drink Susan had supplied, and she was quite upset.
- I also believed it because he liked to eat, and I liked to cook, and he frequently came to dinner and ate a lot, but the last few times he just sort toyed with the food.
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- Cell phones are toylike, nearly magic, and we get a huge kick out of them, as often happens with technological advances until the new wears off.
- On each of the five vertical sections that made up the image, silhouetted shapes, colored geometric forms, flowers, furniture, twigs, toylike figures and indistinct shadows floated aimlessly through a viscous, horizonless space.
- Considering the toylike quality of the car's aluminum frame clad in plastic panels, one hopes that the lights' purported safety function is worth the research-and-development dollars.
late Middle English: of unknown origin. The word originally denoted a funny story or remark, later an antic or trick, or a frivolous entertainment. The verb dates from the early 16th century.