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English noun: toy

1. toy (artifact) an artifact designed to be played with


Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact

Narrower (hyponym)ball, balloon, catapult, cockhorse, dandle board, doll, doll's house, dollhouse, dolly, Frisbee, hobby, hobbyhorse, hula-hoop, jack-in-the-box, jumping jack, jungle gym, kaleidoscope, kite, Lego, Lego set, Meccano, Meccano set, pea shooter, pinata, pinwheel, pinwheel wind collector, playground slide, playhouse, pogo stick, popgun, rattle, rocking horse, sandbox, sandpile, sandpit, seesaw, slide, sliding board, sling, slingshot, spinning top, squirt gun, squirter, stick horse, swing, teddy, teddy bear, teeter, teeter-totter, teeterboard, teetertotter, teetotum, tilting board, top, train set, water gun, water pistol, wendy house, whirligig, yo-yo

2. toy (artifact) a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier)

SamplesA toy stove.

Broader (hypernym)replica, replication, reproduction

3. toy (artifact) a device regarded as providing amusement

SamplesPrivate airplanes are a rich man's toy.

Broader (hypernym)device

4. toy (artifact) a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size


Broader (hypernym)copy

5. toy (animal) any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets

Synonymstoy dog

Broader (hypernym)Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog

Narrower (hyponym)Chihuahua, Japanese spaniel, Maltese, Maltese dog, Maltese terrier, Peke, Pekinese, Pekingese, Shih-Tzu, toy spaniel, toy terrier

English verb: toy

1. toy (social) behave carelessly or indifferently

SamplesPlay about with a young girl's affection.

Synonymsdally, flirt, play

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Verb groupdally, play, trifle

2. toy (contact) manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

SamplesShe played nervously with her wedding ring.
Don't fiddle with the screws.
He played with the idea of running for the Senate.

Synonymsdiddle, fiddle, play

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)manipulate

Narrower (hyponym)put out, retire

3. toy (body) engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously

SamplesThey played games on their opponents.
Play the stock market.
Play with her feelings.
Toy with an idea.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

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