Toy, v. i. [imp. & p. p. toyed p. pr. & vb. n. toying.] To dally amorously; to trifle; to play.
To toy, to wanton, dally, smile and jest. --Shak.
Toy, v. t. To treat foolishly. [Obs.] --E. Dering (1576).
1. A plaything for children; a bawble.
2. A thing for amusement, but of no real value; an article of trade of little value; a trifle.
They exchange for knives, glasses, and such toys, great abundance of gold and pearl. --Abr. Abbot.
3. A wild fancy; an odd conceit; idle sport; folly; trifling opinion.
To fly about playing their wanton toys. --Spenser.
What if a toy take 'em in the heels now, and they all run away. --Beau. & Fl.
Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell. --Drayton.
4. Amorous dalliance; play; sport; pastime.
To dally thus with death is no fit toy. --Spenser.
5. An old story; a silly tale.
6. A headdress of linen or woolen, that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; -- called also toy mutch. [Scot.] “Having, moreover, put on her clean toy, rokelay, and scarlet plaid.”
n 1: an artifact designed to be played with [syn: plaything]
2: a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used
as a modifier); "a toy stove"
3: copy that reproduces something in greatly reduced size [syn:
4: any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
[syn: toy dog]
v 1: behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young
girl's affection" [syn: dally, play, flirt]
2: manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; "She
played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle
with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for
the Senate" [syn: fiddle, diddle, play]
3: engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take
it seriously; "They played games on their opponents";
"play the stockmarket"; "play with her feelings"; "toy
with an idea" [syn: play]