Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An object for children to play with.
  • n. Something of little importance; a trifle.
  • n. An amusement; a pastime: thought of the business as a toy.
  • n. A small ornament; a bauble.
  • n. A diminutive thing or person.
  • n. A dog of a very small breed or of a variety smaller than the standard variety of its breed.
  • n. Scots A loose covering for the head, formerly worn by women.
  • n. Chiefly Southern U.S. A shooter marble.
  • intransitive v. To amuse oneself idly; trifle: a cat toying with a mouse.
  • intransitive v. To treat something casually or without seriousness: toyed with the idea of writing a play. See Synonyms at flirt.

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  • n. An inferior graffiti artist.
  • v. To play with, to mock
  • v. To ponder or consider.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plaything for children; a bawble.
  • n. A thing for amusement, but of no real value; an article of trade of little value; a trifle.
  • n. A wild fancy; an odd conceit; idle sport; folly; trifling opinion.
  • n. Amorous dalliance; play; sport; pastime.
  • n. An old story; a silly tale.
  • n. A headdress of linen or woolen, that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; -- called also toy mutch.
  • intransitive v. To dally amorously; to trifle; to play.
  • transitive v. To treat foolishly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To trifle; amuse one's self; play.
  • To dally amorously.
  • To treat in playful fashion; play with.
  • n. A domesticated pigeon of small size, bred for certain color-markings. The toys resemble the tumblers in general build and are among pigeons what bantams are among fowl.
  • n. A knick-knack; an ornament; a gewgaw; a trinket; a bauble.
  • n. Something intended rather for amusement than for serious use; a means of diversion; hence, especially, an object, contrived or used occasionally for the amusement of children or others; a plaything; also, something diminutive, like a plaything.
  • n. A trifle; a thing or matter of no importance or value.
  • n. Play; amorous sport; caress.
  • n. A curious conceit or fable; a story; a tale.
  • n. A fantastic notion; a whim; a caprice.
  • n. Same as toy-mutch.
  • n. In music, in old English writers, a dance-tune or other light, trifling piece.
  • n. A toy dog.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
  • n. any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
  • v. engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
  • n. a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
  • v. behave carelessly or indifferently
  • n. a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier)
  • n. a device regarded as providing amusement
  • n. an artifact designed to be played with

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English toye, amorous play, a piece of fun.

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From Middle English toye ("amorous play, piece of fun or entertainment"), probably from Middle Dutch toy, tuyg ("tools, apparatus, utensil, ornament") as in Dutch speel-tuig ("play-thing, toy"), from Old Dutch *tiug, from Proto-Germanic *tiugijan (“stuff, matter, device", literally "that which is drawn”), from Proto-Germanic *teuhanan (“to lead, bring, pull”), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- (“to pull, lead”). Cognate with German Spielzeug ("toy"), Danish legetøj ("play-thing, toy"). Related to tug, tow.

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