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From French coquetterie



coquetry (countable and uncountable, plural coquetries)

  1. Coquettish behaviour; actions designed to excite erotic attention, without intending to reciprocate such feelings (chiefly of women towards men); flirtatious teasing.
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Penguin 2004, p. 73:
      With a lover […] her sensibility will naturally lead her to endeavour to excite emotion, not to gratify her vanity, but her heart. This I do not allow to be coquetry, it is the artless impulse of nature […].
  2. (countable) An act constituting such behaviour; an affectation of amorous interest or enticement, 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.