Definition of coquet in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘She flirts with one and coquets with another till I believe she will be forsaken by all if she does not alter her conduct.’
    • ‘Do you think I am coquetting with your people in coming here?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When dressed as women, they painted their faces, chirruped with their lips, and coquetted.’
    • ‘Sharon's rich, sensuous voice coquets above the piano, the drums, the bass.’
    • ‘She loves Worthy, whom she pretends to dislike, and coquets with him for twelve months.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bolingbroke and the more reckless Tories were coquetting with the son of King James II.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    womanize, have affairs affair, have an affair, flirt, dally with someone's affections, toy with someone's affections, trifle with someone's affections
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  • A man who flirts.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My brother is playing the coquet among the belles on Tunbridge walks.’
    • ‘The greatest miracle of love is the reformation of a coquet.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 17th century (as adjective in sense ‘amorous’): from French coqueter (see coquetry).