Definition of toy in English:

toy

noun

  • 1An object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something.

    [as modifier] ‘a toy car’
    • ‘Some of the clothes on the hooks in the hallway were not mine; a child's toys, a few toy cars, stood in the corner.’
    • ‘The appeal gives gifts to newborns right up to 16-year-olds from cuddly toys and books to action toys and games, toiletries and CDs.’
    • ‘Her favourite dolls, cuddly toys and teddy bears are lined along her shelves and bed.’
    • ‘I'm pretty sure when I was small, we had a toy - doll, car, train, whatever - and pretended it was what we wanted it to be.’
    • ‘If the toddler ignored the miniature toys for more than three or four minutes, however, we would draw attention to them.’
    • ‘The result is a digital rendering of each concept, and a full-size sculpted model of the toy in foam.’
    • ‘Replica toys can make it difficult for a child to be creative and imaginative.’
    • ‘The shop stocks a selection of second-hand books, bric-a-brac, models, toys, games and a selection of official Yorkshire Air Ambulance souvenirs.’
    • ‘Does anybody else involve cuddly toys and dolls in their conversations?’
    • ‘As summer arrived, so did the big wooden crates bringing wonderful dolls, mechanical toys, pedal cars, tricycles, scooters, dolls' prams.’
    • ‘And besides - have you ever tried making a 40 foot high replica of a stuffed toy out of pots of flowers?’
    • ‘Using toys as scale models of their world, children taste, examine and set up their visions of larger worlds.’
    • ‘Dozens of floral tributes, dolls and cuddly toys were placed on metal railings near the scene of the tragedy.’
    • ‘There will be a range of automotive toys and model cars, boats and planes for children as well as a jumping castle, clowns, face painting and a care centre’
    • ‘The toy is modelled on the pint-sized singer, even down to her famous bottom.’
    • ‘Miniature toy cars can drive with wet, painted tires over unusual papers.’
    • ‘Provide bright colored toys and toys like cars and trucks that move.’
    • ‘Go about in the shops and buy any little toys and models that have special bearing on civilian life in its more peaceful aspects.’
    • ‘Everything bar the kitchen sink has to go… from cuddly toys to the cars standing on their driveway.’
    • ‘The black plastic bin liner contained teddy bears and other cuddly toys, Rosie and Jim dolls and a number of framed children's pictures.’
    model, miniature, imitation, make-believe, fake, simulation, artificial
    plaything, game
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    1. 1.1An object, especially a gadget or machine, regarded as providing amusement for an adult.
      ‘in 1914 the car was still a rich man's toy’
      • ‘Most RVs have room to store adult toys, too, such as canoes, golf clubs, bicycles, and fishing gear.’
      • ‘Now that I have more gadgets and toys, I am more frustrated when there is no electricity to run them.’
      • ‘In the light of this fashion for adult toys, the Sunday Herald is offering its readers a unique retail opportunity.’
      • ‘They test quirky gadgets and toys for grown ups in between answering calls from their satisfied pundits.’
      • ‘If you look at most Asian customers, many also tend to be much more experimental with toys and gadgets.’
      • ‘Or take the perceived realities we create around us - the high-flying jobs, the gadgets and toys, the houses built to impress.’
      • ‘But now that they've got that little one that everyone carries around, that's a bit of an adult toy, too.’
      • ‘Many homes are now full of expensive gadgets and toys.’
      • ‘The shop has been operating for more than three months, selling lingerie, adult toys and adult magazines, none of which requires a licence.’
      • ‘The leather interior alone is to die for and the toys and gadgets - though many - are thoughtfully laid out.’
      • ‘The investment looked canny as the market for gadgets and toys aimed at adults keeps growing.’
      • ‘Slot machines are, in many respects, the toy adults never had before.’
      • ‘If nothing else, it will lead you deep into the jungle of new toys for your Linux machine.’
      • ‘Beyond the techno-phobia of the previous generations, however, the new generation will play with these technological gadgets as toys of a whole new game.’
      • ‘The atmosphere is upbeat, and there's all kinds of nifty geek toys and gadgets to be found down every aisle.’
      • ‘Nowadays, we have all sorts of electronic toys and gadgets, which give us assistance, but when you switch them off, that's the result!’
      • ‘For years, people have joked that gadgets are basically just toys for grown ups.’
      • ‘Handhelds have evolved from toys for the gadget-crazed to truly useful devices.’
      • ‘And big adult toys, like bikes and computers need plenty of new space.’
      • ‘Though my family is first in line, right up there in third place is gadgets, those geeky toys we all love to mess with.’
    2. 1.2A person treated by another as a source of pleasure or amusement rather than with due seriousness.
      ‘a man needed a friend, an ally, not an idol or a toy’
      • ‘Ilsa treats the inhabitants of her prison camp like toys to be played with and broken.’
      • ‘Sadly the drugs rapidly tired her out and she slumped back in humiliated defeat, a toy for his pleasure.’
  • 2[as modifier] Denoting a diminutive breed or variety of dog.

    ‘a toy poodle’
    • ‘Some toy breeds can adapt happily to apartment life because their exercise requirements are modest.’
    • ‘In England the cavalier, once thought to be on the verge of extinction, is the most popular toy breed.’
    • ‘He stood at a podium, and beside him was a woman with a little toy poodle as carefully groomed as she was.’
    • ‘He was judged against a flat-coated retriever, a giant schnauzer, an Old English sheepdog, a wire fox terrier, a saluki hound and Pekingese toy dog.’
    • ‘Now after all that fuss, I don't think she should have picked up her two toy poodles to sit on her lap.’
    • ‘The latest sad news is that their tiny toy poodle has disappeared.’
    • ‘Inform your honey that you've had it with the hysteria and the shrieking, so her toy poodle has to go.’
    • ‘Like so many fashions in New York, Rosenthal says the surge in demand for toy dog breeds is largely celebrity-driven.’
    • ‘So, after eating in the kitchen, I let my small toy poodle dog into the house, from the garage.’
    • ‘The only dogs exempt from this rule are the toy breeds and puppies under 16 weeks of age.’
    • ‘One can only hope they are of the toy variety, otherwise her family's apartment must get pretty crowded.’
    • ‘Another example are some toy dogs which were bred to be a warning signals of invasion.’
    • ‘If you have a white toy poodle, you would want to place her on, or in front of, a black, blue or brown backdrop.’
    • ‘My ex-girlfriend had an apricot toy poodle and it was the best damned dog I've ever met.’
    • ‘Toni Gale's toy pom, Trixie, is a real pensioner at the age of 10, and the family has noticed that she's getting on in years.’
    • ‘Just this past month Fifi, her fluffy white toy poodle passed away and the void is painful.’
    • ‘Tell the interviewer that your white toy poodle is lost in that huge snowbank and you need help.’
    • ‘Unlike the show held in April, there were not many fancy and toy breeds.’
    • ‘She also won first place in both the clipped terrier and toy and miniature poodle rounds, with help from miniature schnauzer Oscar and toy poodle Clive.’
    • ‘They had dogs of their own - a mastiff the size of a Humvee, and a tiny comma of a toy poodle.’
    miniature, small, tiny, fun-size, diminutive, dwarf, midget, pygmy
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verb

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  • 1Move or handle (an object) absentmindedly or nervously.

    • ‘Her long, slender fingers toyed nervously with the two rings she had on her right hand.’
    • ‘He was toying absently with a leaf that he had picked up, which made me wonder about what he was thinking.’
    • ‘Damien picked up a photograph from the mantelpiece, toying idly with it.’
    • ‘As Keira toyed absently with her fork on her empty plate, she asked Leah, ‘Talia's not coming with us, is she?’’
    • ‘Peter wasn't fooled; the officer toyed absently with a pencil and it snapped like a toothpick between his meaty fingers.’
    • ‘‘Justin,’ I answered, toying nervously with the ends of my hideous plaid, pleated skirt.’
    • ‘For a moment we just stood there, holding each other, his head against my chest as I toyed absently with his hair.’
    • ‘Her fingers toyed absently with the handle of the mug of ale before her.’
    • ‘But turn I did, rolling over slowly to face the girl standing in the doorway, toying nervously with her sleeve.’
    • ‘Then he stops short and mulls it over, fingers toying absently with the spoon in his teacup.’
    • ‘She thought it over as she toyed absently with a lock of hair behind one ear.’
    • ‘A final thought made him drop the chair back onto four legs, stand up and toy nervously with the inkwell.’
    • ‘I start to toy around with the edge of his blanket.’
    1. 1.1Eat or drink in an unenthusiastic or restrained way.
      • ‘She was toying with the drink Susan had supplied, and she was quite upset.’
      • ‘I also believed it because he liked to eat, and I liked to cook, and he frequently came to dinner and ate a lot, but the last few times he just sort toyed with the food.’
  • 2Consider (an idea, movement, or proposal) casually or indecisively.

    • ‘He had toyed with the idea of writing a novel about the Labor movement, with a Eugene Debs character at its center, for some time, and would continue to do so, but in the end the novel never got written.’
    • ‘She had also toyed with the idea of being a chicken farmer but considered the risks too high.’
    • ‘We were toying with the idea of recreating something of the lost, recent history, but soon found it a bit too obvious and deadpan to just restage one of the old dirty bars which used to be in the area.’
    • ‘Goaded by leftist privacy advocates, Congress has been toying with the idea of regulating the private sector in the name of privacy.’
    • ‘White toyed with the idea of resistance, but a casual glance at the guards' belts immediately reminded him of the repercussions.’
    • ‘Last week I was toying with the idea of not returning to college.’
    • ‘The airline industry has been toying with the idea of merging religion with air flight for quite a while now.’
    • ‘At any rate, I was considering the whole blogging thing and was toying with the idea of just quitting altogether, packing it up and saying ‘Adios Amigos!’’
    • ‘It's not so much rock and roll as it is proto-punk, recalling the days when bands didn't yet know it was okay to spew their bile out on record, but were toying with the idea in vague mockeries of pop melodies.’
    • ‘So you'd been toying with the idea for a while?’
    think idly about, play with, flirt with, trifle with, entertain the possibility of, consider, have thoughts about, argue the pros and cons of
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    1. 2.1Treat (someone) without due seriousness, especially in a superficially amorous way.
      • ‘As a pretty girl from a respectable family, she toys with her beaux - little boys who must play the love game by her rules.’
      • ‘Life is good, but seriously Bill, you're way too easy to toy with.’
      • ‘They toyed with me over the phone stuff a few weeks ago.’
      • ‘I don't know, Mitch, what the psychiatrists or psychologists on our panel are going to say, but others today have been saying that he is toying with us.’

Origin

Late Middle English: of unknown origin. The word originally denoted a funny story or remark, later an antic or trick, or a frivolous entertainment. The verb dates from the early 16th century.

Pronunciation:

toy

/toi/