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Other Toy Definition

[n] any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
[n] copy that reproduces something in greatly reduced size
[n] an artifact designed to be played with
[n] a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier); "a toy stove"
[v] engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously; "They played games on their opponents"; "play the stockmarket"; "play with her feelings"; "toy with an idea"
[v] manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; "She played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate"
[v] behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection"

Misc. Definitions

\Toy\ (toi), n. [D. tuid tools, implements, stuff, trash, speeltuig playthings, toys; akin to G. zeug stuff, materials, MNG. ziuc, Icel. tygi gear; all ultimately from the root of E. tug, v. t.; cf. G. zeugen to beget, MHG. ziugen to beget, make ready, procure. See {Tug}, v. t.]
1. A plaything for children; a bawble. --Cowper.
2. A thing for amusement, but of no real value; an article of trade of little value; a trifle. They exchange for knives, glasses, and such toys, great abundance of gold and pearl. --Abr. Abbot.
3. A wild fancy; an odd conceit; idle sport; folly; trifling opinion. To fly about playing their wanton toys. --Spenser. What if a toy take'em in the heels now, and they all run away. --Beau. &Fl. Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell. --Drayton.
4. Amorous dalliance; play; sport; pastime. --Milton. To dally thus with death is no fit toy. --Spenser.
5. An old story; a silly tale. --Shak.
6. [Probably the same word.] A headdress of linen or woolen, that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; -- called also {toy mutch}. [Scot.] ``Having, moreover, put on her clean toy, rokelay, and scarlet plaid.'' --Sir W. Scott.
\Toy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {toyed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {toying}.] To dally amorously; to trifle; to play. To toy, to wanton, dally, smile and jest. --Shak.
\Toy\, v. t. To treat foolishly. [Obs.] --E. Dering (1576).

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