toy

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See also: Toy, toþ, tøy, -tøy, toý, and toʻy

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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 *teugą (stuff, matter, device, literally that which is drawn), from Proto-Germanic *teuhaną (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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tɔɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔɪ

Noun[edit]

toy (plural toys)

Children playing with a wooden toy car.
  1. Something to play with, especially as intended for use by a child. [from 16th c.]
    A grown man does not play with a child’s toy.
  2. A thing of little importance or value; a trifle. [from 16th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:
      he had deflowered the abbess, and as many besides of the nuns as he could, and leaves him withal rings, jewels, girdles, and such toys to give them still, when they came to visit him.
  3. A simple, light piece of music, written especially for the virginal. [16th-17th c.]
  4. (obsolete) Love play, amorous dalliance; fondling. [16th-18th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.i:
      Then seemed him his Lady by him lay, / And to him playnd, how that false winged boy, / Her chast hart had subdewd, to learne Dame pleasures toy.
  5. (obsolete) A vague fancy, a ridiculous idea or notion; a whim. [16th-17th c.]
  6. (slang, derogatory) An inferior graffiti artist.
    • 2009, Gregory J. Snyder, Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground (page 40)
      It is incorrect to say that toys tag and masters piece; toys just do bad tags, bad throw-ups, and bad pieces.
    • 2011, Adam Melnyk, Visual Orgasm: The Early Years of Canadian Graffiti (page 45)
      I was a toy until I met Sear, who moved here from Toronto and showed me the book Subway Art.
  7. (obsolete) An old story; a silly tale.
  8. (Scotland, archaic) A headdress of linen or wool that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; called also toy mutch.
  9. A sex toy (object or device to give sexual pleasure).

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toy (third-person singular simple present toys, present participle toying, simple past and past participle toyed)

  1. (intransitive) To play (with) in an idle or desultory way.
    to toy with a piece of food on one’s plate
    Figo is toying with the English defence.
  2. (intransitive) To ponder or consider.
    I have been toying with the idea of starting my own business.
  3. (slang, transitive) To stimulate with a sex toy.
    • 2013, Jonathan Everest, Lady Loverly's Chattel
      He could see her hand go to her slit, and soon she was toying herself along, breathing heavily.

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Azerbaijani[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Turkic *toy (feast).

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toy (definite accusative toyu, plural toylar)

  1. wedding

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Crimean Tatar[edit]

Noun[edit]

toy

  1. wedding feast
  2. banquet

Faroese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Danish tøj, from Middle Low German tüg.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tʰɔiː/, /tʰœiː/

Noun[edit]

toy n (genitive singular toys, uncountable)

  1. fabric

Declension[edit]

Declension of toy (singular only)
n3s singular
indefinite definite
nominative toy toyið
accusative toy toyið
dative toyi toyinum
genitive toys toysins

Middle French[edit]

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Pronoun[edit]

toy

  1. (in the singular, less formal) you

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  • (plural or polite singular): vous

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Turkish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish طوی‎, attested in Turkic from the 11th century.

Adjective[edit]

toy

  1. immature, naive

Noun[edit]

toy (definite accusative toyu, plural toylar)

  1. great bustard; Otis tarda

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Uzbek[edit]

Other scripts
Cyrillic той
Roman toy
Perso-Arabic ‍‍

Noun[edit]

toy (plural toylar)

  1. foal