Definition of coquetry in English:



mass noun
  • Flirtatious behaviour.

    ‘‘I like the way you laugh,’ he said without coquetry’
    ‘the air hostesses catch the men's eyes with a practised coquetry’
    • ‘Though she was not unattractive, Ben had spurned her several times simply because she always came on too strong and would not desist her coquetry.’
    • ‘The coquetry and sexual dishonesty, implicit in the dialogue, was missing in her performance which boiled down to a nice suburban mother making a choice of her partner for the croquet match between two contrasting, naughty boys.’
    • ‘The explanation is farcical and bizarre, yet there is mystery, almost coquetry, in the way Martel underplays it.’
    • ‘There are endless stories - some verifiable, others less so - of her coquetry and randiness.’
    • ‘But the slow pace of exercise indicates that these young people are more interested in coquetry than spoiling a perfectly good sweat-suit with sweat.’
    • ‘It also connoted coquetry - namely, the flirtatious batting of the eyes.’
    • ‘For example, Canadian-born Anne-Made Hood's parents are from Grenada, but her modern-trained body never felt right performing Afro-Caribbean vocabulary, nor did she easily accept the coquetry implicit in the dances.’
    • ‘These works are considered as icons of amorous pursuits in an age of gallantry and the accompanying and complementary coquetry.’
    • ‘He has the look of one of Caravaggio's young male models, though without their coquetry.’
    • ‘Politically incorrect from the title on, this guide to old-fashioned coquetry has raised the hackles of every feminist writer worth her salt.’
    • ‘She was always in a dither of affected coquetry, and he had begun to think he had misjudged her character.’
    • ‘I may have provoked it by flirting with him at our first encounter and I made a futile attempt of redeeming myself by trying to steer away from the coquetry to something tamer.’
    • ‘Was there a spice of feminine coquetry in her famous speech to John Alden?’
    • ‘Alongside Corella, she is perfectly cast as Kitri with precisely the right Latin looks and temperament, quickly flitting from coquetry to fiery and all stops between.’
    • ‘She looks the part, and acts it with wonderfully outrageous coquetry, even if obliged to force her voice rather worryingly in the lower register.’
    • ‘It also represents other states such as hatred, pride, falseness and coquetry, depending on the variety you choose to give.’
    • ‘The exhibit looks at animalism and concepts of femininity, sexual fetishes, seduction, excess, coquetry and class standing.’
    • ‘There is gossip, friendship, coquetry and wily bargain amid the whiff of condiments and pickles.’
    • ‘In Mary's eyes, as she developed her feminist philosophy, her employer came to stand for all that was wrong in women - their coquetry, their exaggerated weakness, their corrupt manipulating power and their dependence on men for identity.’
    • ‘When the negotiations began, she greeted the duke's agent with a courtesy and coquetry that was unusual.’
    teasing, trifling, toying, dalliance, philandering, romantic advances
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Mid 17th century: from French coquetterie, from coqueter ‘to flirt’, from coquet ‘wanton’ (see coquette).