coquetry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coquetry playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Coquetry Attempts to attract admiration, notice, or love, for the mere gratification of vanity; trifling in love. "Little affectations of coquetry ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coquetry Effort to attract admiration, notice, or love, from vanity or for amusement; affectation of amorous tenderness; trifling in love.
    • n coquetry Synonyms See flirtation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Coquetry act of coquetting: attempt to attract admiration, without serious affection: deceit in love: any kind of prettiness
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. coquetterie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. coquetercoquet, dim. of coq, a cock.

Usage

In literature:

Her instinctive coquetry can partly account for her sway over men, but not over women.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
But all her boldness of their first interview, her coquetry of the second, her quiet caution of the third had disappeared.
"The Wharf by the Docks" by Florence Warden
She had a perfectly straightforward way of meeting his eyes, though her own were bewildering even so, without any coquetry in her use of them.
"Red Pepper's Patients" by Grace S. Richmond
There was not the slightest sign of coquetry or flattery in her voice, or in her eyes, which met his look with clear and steady gaze.
"In Luck at Last" by Walter Besant
Come, and you shall perpetuate your sway through the arts of coquetry!
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Is it anything in a woman but well understood coquetry?
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
This arouses all Lola's latent coquetry, and she soon contrives to win him back to her side.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
He made a pretty decent defence; and, though I don't absolutely acquit him of coquetry, yet upon the whole I think I forgive him.
"The History of Emily Montague" by Frances Brooke
She felt drawn after awhile to bring her small resources of coquetry into play.
"The Bread-winners" by John Hay
Her commonplace coquetry is sufficient evidence of that.
"Led Astray and The Sphinx" by Octave Feuillet
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In poetry:

Life is a coquetry
Of Death, which wearies me,
Too sure
Of the amour;
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
I admit the briar
Entangled in my hair
Did not injure me;
My blenching and trembling,
Nothing but dissembling,
Nothing but coquetry.
"A First Confession" by William Butler Yeats
Coquetry here with roving eyes
Quick darts a thousand arrows round;
She thinks to conquer by surprise:
But ah! those arrows never wound.
"Love" by Jane Bowdler
A plain tilt-bonnet on her head
She took the path across the leaze.
— Her spouse the vicar, gardening, said,
'Too dowdy that, for coquetries,
So I can hoe at ease.'
"In The Days Of Crinoline" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

In a not-so-subtle act of coquetry , Nancy smiled flirtatiously and winked at Scott as she walked past him.
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