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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒkɪtri/, /ˈkəʊkətri/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈkoʊkətri/
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coquetry (plural coquetries)
- An affectation of amorous tenderness, especially of a woman directed towards a man.
1882, Louisa M. Alcott, Kitty's Class Day And Other Stories:
- The little coquetries, which are as natural to a gay young girl as her laughter, were all in full play, and had she gone no further no harm would have been done.
1910, Geraldine Bonner, The Emigrant Trail:
- The mischievous pleasure of her coquetries was forgotten, and in a rush of glad confidence she felt a woman's pride in him.
1913, Carolyn Wells, Patty's Social Season:
- "Her pretty little coquetries are like the gambols of a kitten.
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affectation of amorous tenderness