One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Behave flirtatiously; flirt.‘from the day I first met you I felt that you were coquetting with me’figurative ‘for a while he coquetted with engineering’
womanize, have affairs affair, have an affair, flirt, dally with someone's affections, toy with someone's affections, trifle with someone's affectionsView synonyms
- ‘Bolingbroke and the more reckless Tories were coquetting with the son of King James II.’
- ‘Boris, in his working clothes of white canvas, scraped the traces of clay and red modeling wax from his handsome hands, and coquetted over his shoulder with the Cupid.’
- ‘She flirts with one and coquets with another till I believe she will be forsaken by all if she does not alter her conduct.’
- ‘He seems fond of coqueting with the House of Commons, and is perpetually calling the Speaker out to dance a minuet with him, before he begins.’
- ‘When no small number of British bourgeois politicians were coquetting with Hitler, looking upon him as a potential ally against the Soviet Union, Trotsky summed up the significance of Nazism.’
- ‘Though my aunt forever encouraged us to coquet with one another, I don't believe there was any sort of attraction between us.’
- ‘Sharon's rich, sensuous voice coquets above the piano, the drums, the bass.’
- ‘These men are continually found, as public men and leaders, coquetting with any and every party which appears likely to aid them to office and power.’
- ‘When he refers to robots or satellites there is none of the coquetting with techology we're accustomed to in sophisticated, quasi-scientific poetry now.’
- ‘When dressed as women, they painted their faces, chirruped with their lips, and coquetted.’
- ‘Do you think I am coquetting with your people in coming here?’
- ‘She loves Worthy, whom she pretends to dislike, and coquets with him for twelve months.’
A man who flirts.
- ‘My brother is playing the coquet among the belles on Tunbridge walks.’
- ‘Though I saw plainly, by this address, that I had got in with a coquet, my presiding star was not a whit out of my good graces for involving me in this adventure.’
- ‘Sure marriage, said I, is not sufficiently encouraged, or we should never behold such crowds of battered beaux and decayed coquets still attempting to drive a trade.’
- ‘There is nothing more likely to cure a coquet than a good, strong, durable passion.’
- ‘The greatest miracle of love is the reformation of a coquet.’
Early 17th century (as adjective in sense ‘amorous’): from French coqueter (see coquetry).
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