Definition of toy in English:


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Pronunciation: /tɔɪ


  • 1An object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something: [as modifier]: a toy car
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    • 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 toy
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    • 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.
    trinket, bauble, knick-knack, ornament, gewgaw, trifle, gimcrack, bagatelle, triviality; North American kickshaw
    informal whatnot
    British informal doodah
  • 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 toy
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    • 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 poodle
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    • 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.


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  • 1Consider (an idea or proposal) casually or indecisively: I was toying with the idea of writing a book
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    • I had been toying around with an idea for personalized feed subscriptions.
    • I toyed around with the idea of waiting for awhile, until I could take a break from what I was working on.
    • I toy around with the idea of attention or stardom, but never know what to do with it when the spotlight shines on me for a brief moment.
    think idly about, play with, flirt with, trifle with, entertain the possibility of, consider, have thoughts about, argue the pros and cons of
    informal kick around/about
  • 1.1Treat (someone or their feelings) in a superficially amorous way: he had been toying with her that day on the river
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    • He felt himself staring back, still wondering what she meant by what she had said; if it had some universal meaning or if she was toying around with him.
    • She had found a new guy to toy around with for a while, a new senior by the name of Grant, and was immensely enjoying their daily hook up routines in random places all over the school.
    • What if he just wanted her to toy around with her for a while?


throw one's toys out of the pram

British informal Behave in a childish and petulant way; have a tantrum: Lorenzo threw his toys out of the pram after being sent off
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  • I say: you're never too old to throw your toys out of the pram.
  • This was all about making sure the Libs didn't throw their toys out of the pram.
  • Denis, it seems, is throwing his toys out of the pram.



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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.

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