One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Flirtatious behavior or a flirtatious manner.
teasing, trifling, toying, dalliance, philandering, romantic advancesView synonyms
- ‘It also represents other states such as hatred, pride, falseness and coquetry, depending on the variety you choose to give.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He has the look of one of Caravaggio's young male models, though without their 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.’
- ‘When the negotiations began, she greeted the duke's agent with a courtesy and coquetry that was unusual.’
- ‘Politically incorrect from the title on, this guide to old-fashioned coquetry has raised the hackles of every feminist writer worth her salt.’
- ‘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 connoted coquetry - namely, the flirtatious batting of the eyes.’
- ‘The exhibit looks at animalism and concepts of femininity, sexual fetishes, seduction, excess, coquetry and class standing.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There are endless stories - some verifiable, others less so - of her coquetry and randiness.’
- ‘The explanation is farcical and bizarre, yet there is mystery, almost coquetry, in the way Martel underplays it.’
- ‘There is gossip, friendship, coquetry and wily bargain amid the whiff of condiments and pickles.’
- ‘She was always in a dither of affected coquetry, and he had begun to think he had misjudged her character.’
- ‘These works are considered as icons of amorous pursuits in an age of gallantry and the accompanying and complementary coquetry.’
Mid 17th century: from French coquetterie, from coqueter ‘to flirt’, from coquet ‘wanton’ (see coquette).
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