toy NOUN 1) an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something. 2) a gadget or machine regarded as providing amusement for an adult. 3) (before another noun ) (of a breed or variety of dog) much smaller than is normal for the breed.
VERB (toy with) 1) consider casually or indecisively. 2) move or handle absent-mindedly or nervously. 3) eat or drink in an unenthusiastic or restrained way.
DERIVATIVES toylike adjective.
ORIGIN originally referring to a funny story or remark: of unknown origin.

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