coquetry

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From French coquetterie

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coquetry (plural coquetries)

  1. An affectation of amorous tenderness, especially of a woman directed towards a man.
    • 1882, Louisa M. Alcott, Kitty's Class Day And Other Stories[1]:
      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[2]:
      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[3]:
      "Her pretty little coquetries are like the gambols of a kitten.

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