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

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

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

NounEdit

toy (plural toys)

  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.]
    • (Can we date this quote by Abr. Abbot and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      They exchange for knives, glasses, and such toys, great abundance of gold and pearl.
  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.]
    • 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:
      , vol.1, III.i.2:
      Though they do talk with you, and seem to be otherwise employed, and to your thinking very intent and busy, still that toy runs in their mind, that fear, that suspicion, that abuse, that jealousy […].
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      To fly about playing their wanton toys.
    • c. 1608–1610, Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “Philaster: Or, Love Lies a Bleeding”, in Comedies and Tragedies [], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, [], and for Humphrey Moseley [], published 1679, OCLC 3083972, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):
      What if a toy take 'em i'th' heels now, and they all run away.
    • (Can we date this quote by Drayton and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell.
  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).

SynonymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

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.

TranslationsEdit

See alsoEdit

AnagramsEdit


AzerbaijaniEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Turkic *toy (feast).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

toy (definite accusative toyu, plural toylar)

  1. wedding

DeclensionEdit


Crimean TatarEdit

NounEdit

toy

  1. wedding feast
  2. banquet

FaroeseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Danish tøj, from Middle Low German tüg.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /tʰɔiː/, /tʰœiː/

NounEdit

toy n (genitive singular toys, uncountable)

  1. fabric

DeclensionEdit

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

Middle FrenchEdit

Alternative formsEdit

PronounEdit

toy

  1. (in the singular, less formal) you

SynonymsEdit

  • (plural or polite singular): vous

Related termsEdit


TurkishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Turkic.

AdjectiveEdit

toy

  1. immature, naive

UzbekEdit

Other scripts
Cyrillic той
Roman toy
Perso-Arabic ‍‍

NounEdit

toy (plural toylar)

  1. foal