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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒkɪtɹi/, /ˈkəʊkətɹi/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈkoʊkətɹi/
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- Coquettish behaviour; actions designed to excite erotic attention, without intending to reciprocate such feelings (chiefly of women towards men); flirtatious teasing.
- (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:
- 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.
- For more quotations using this term, see Citations:coquetry.
affectation of amorous tenderness