toying


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toy

 (toi)
n.
1. An object for a child to play with.
2. Something that provides amusement: "The profit on a toy like a motorcycle or a snowmobile is maybe a tenth that on a solid family car" (John Updike).
3.
a. A small ornament; a bauble.
b. Something of little importance; a trifle.
4. A diminutive thing, especially a dog of a very small breed or of a variety smaller than the standard variety of its breed.
5. Scots A loose covering for the head, formerly worn by women.
6. Chiefly Southern US A shooter marble.
intr.v. toyed, toy·ing, toys
1. To amuse oneself idly; trifle: a cat toying with a mouse.
2. To treat something casually or without seriousness: toyed with the idea of writing a play. See Synonyms at flirt.

[Middle English toye, amorous play, a piece of fun.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toying - playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interesttoying - playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
frolic, gambol, romp, caper, play - gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"
References in classic literature ?
Like Mark Antony, for days and days along his green-turfed, flowery Nile, he indolently floats, openly toying with his red-cheeked Cleopatra, ripening his apricot thigh upon the sunny deck.
Nay, say rather the feather-pated giddy madmen,'' said Waldemar, ``who must be toying with follies when such business was in hand.
That is certainly better than being adored," he answered, toying with some fruits.