• Toys from the Streets
    Toys from the Streets
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v toy engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously "They played games on their opponents","play the stock market","play with her feelings","toy with an idea"
    • v toy 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 toy behave carelessly or indifferently "Play about with a young girl's affection"
    • n toy any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
    • n toy a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
    • n toy an artifact designed to be played with
    • n toy a device regarded as providing amusement "private airplanes are a rich man's toy"
    • n toy a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier) "a toy stove"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Some More Toys from the Streets Some More Toys from the Streets
More Toys from the Streets More Toys from the Streets
A little boy, wearing a sailor suit and carrying a toy boat A little boy, wearing a sailor suit and carrying a toy boat
The children watch the toy village burning The children watch the toy village burning
A Toy Boat 1 A Toy Boat 1
A Toy Boat 2 A Toy Boat 2
man selling toy lambs man selling toy lambs

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 250 million Slinky toys have been sold since its debut in 1946
    • Toy A headdress of linen or woolen, that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of the lower classes; -- called also toy mutch. "Having, moreover, put on her clean toy , rokelay, and scarlet plaid."
    • Toy A plaything for children; a bawble.
    • Toy 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."
    • Toy A wild fancy; an odd conceit; idle sport; folly; trifling opinion. "To fly about playing their wanton toys .""What if a toy take 'em in the heels now, and they all run away.""Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell."
    • Toy Amorous dalliance; play; sport; pastime. "To dally thus with death is no fit toy ."
    • Toy An old story; a silly tale.
    • v. i Toy To dally amorously; to trifle; to play. "To toy , to wanton, dally, smile and jest."
    • v. t Toy To treat foolishly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1952, the first TV toy commercial aired. It was for Mr. Potato Head
    • n toy A domesticated pigeon of small size, bred for certain color-markings. The toys resemble the tumblers in general build and are among pigeons what bantams are among fowl.
    • n toy A knick-knack; an ornament; a gewgaw; a trinket; a bauble.
    • n toy Something intended rather for amusement than for serious use; a means of diversion; hence, especially, an object, contrived or used occasionally for the amusement of children or others; a plaything; also, something diminutive, like a plaything.
    • n toy A trifle; a thing or matter of no importance or value.
    • n toy Play; amorous sport; caress.
    • n toy A curious conceit or fable; a story; a tale.
    • n toy A fantastic notion; a whim; a caprice.
    • n toy Same as toy-mutch.
    • n toy In music, in old English writers, a dance-tune or other light, trifling piece.
    • n toy A toy dog.
    • toy To trifle; amuse one's self; play.
    • toy To dally amorously.
    • toy To treat in playful fashion; play with.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Males account for 60% of toy injuries that occur in the U.S
    • n Toy toi a child's plaything: a trifle: a thing only for amusement or look: a curious conceit, a story: a matter of no importance: amorous sport
    • v.i Toy to trifle: to dally amorously
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “In the great department store of life, baseball is the toy department.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “Those who play with the devil's toys will be brought by degrees to wield his sword.”
  • John Gay
    “O Polly, you might have toyed and kissed, by keeping men off, you keep them on.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “When I am grown to man's estate I shall be very proud and great. And tell the other girls and boys Not to meddle with my toys.”
  • Owen Meredith
    Owen Meredith
    “Be it jewel or toy, not the prize gives the joy, but the striving to win the prize.”
  • Ezra Pound
    “The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand.”


Throw your toys out of the pram - To make an angry protest against a relatively minor problem, in the process embarrassing the protester. The analogy is with a baby who throws toys out of the pram in order to get their parent to pay attention to them. The implication in the idiom is that the protester is acting like a baby.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)


In literature:

Now such new-found toys are sold these women to disguise, That before the year grows old the newest fashion dies.
"Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age" by Various
It served as the apparatus, like some gigantic toy set up in bricks and timber, for the ancient and perhaps eternal game of tennis.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
A new and gaudy toy would make them forget anything.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
At first she delighted in him as in a new and animated toy.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
But the other gnomes were too pleased with their new toy to listen to this for a moment.
"The Olive Fairy Book" by Various
At the latter, friends and relatives presented the infant with toys of metal or clay, while the mother received painted vases.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Aymer put down very carefully the broken toy he had been playing with.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
Clear down to the end of the store was a toy department.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
He isn't a mechanical toy.
"The Calm Man" by Frank Belknap Long
This constant toying with danger.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts

In poetry:

Toying with all,
She was constant to none;
Though she held her faith
To the lordly sun.
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Little eyes are laughing
O'er their Christmas toys,
Older ones are quaffing
Cups of Christmas joys.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
That all our little playthings
Of earthen hopes and joys
Shall be, by His commandment,
Changed into heavenly toys.
"A Jewish Legend" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
So is it with all earthly joy--
It pleases for a time,
As toy may please a growing boy,
Though costing but a dime;
"Undecaying Fruit" by Joseph Horatio Chant
But tears will cease. And now the boy
Once more looked forth upon the stream:
'Twas morning still, and lo! a toy,
Bright as the last one, in the beam!
"The Bubble Chase" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Eighteen -years, months, or hours?
Time is a tyrant's toy!
Eternal are the flowers!
We are but girl and boy
Yet -since love leapt as swift to-night
As it had never left the light!
"Boo to Buddha" by Aleister Crowley

In news:

This Nov 29, 2012 photo shows Jim Frankard holding handmade toys in his workshop in Winona, Minn. Frankard, who donated 450 of them to Toys for Tots, said he spent about three or four months making the toys.
The new app from toy maker Mattel allows children use Hot Wheels, Batman, WWE and other toys to interact with an Apple iPad.
Toys R Us' annual "hot toy" list includes tablets for kids, fashion dolls in the likeness of boy-band sensation One Direction, and even retro hits like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Furby.
Baldwin EMC joins the WKRG Morning Team to buy toys for our Great Toy Drive.
This product image released by Berjuan Toys shows The Breast Milk Baby doll (AP Photo/Berjuan Toys).
Kicker 102.5 has teamed up with the US Marine Reserve and Outback Steakhouse for a very special toy drive - "Outbackin' for Toys" - on Friday, Nov 16 between 11:30 am and 2 pm.
With the Toys 'R' Us social media campaign, when consumers pay off the layaway balance for a fellow shopper, the retailer donates $200 in toys to charity.
Staff check the 2.888-kilometer plastic toy train track during an event organized by toy manufacturer Mattel to set a Guinness World Record in Shanghai November 24, 2012.
Toy haul smaller this year for Toys for Tots campaign in DeKalb.
To help purchase toys for Toys for Tots, donate to the Cheer Fund by mailing a check to PO Box 1220, Suffolk, VA 23439.
The 'True Believers' has partnered with the charitable Toys for Tots campaign, and with their help, will give $10,000 worth of toys to lucky kids in one chosen city.
Some of the holiday season's hottest toys are already flying off shelves, since retailers like Wal-Mart, Kmart and Toys R Us pushed up their layaway plans earlier this year.
If toys are on your holiday shopping list, Toys R Us is extending its layaway program.
Lux of Moreno Valley poses withe the Marines who collected toys for the Toys for Tots foundation at this year's Miss Double D-cember pageant at the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen in Fullerton.
It's time for our annual Toys for Tots drive – ' Operation Toy Wars' – with the local US Marine Reserve.

In science:

This structure can be studied with toy models.
Matter Correlations in Branched Polymers
The proof of the toy theorem works like this.
On Resolving Singularities
Note that our conclusions may not apply to improved toy models for the Ekpyrotic scenario.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
We have studied a four-dimensional toy model of the Ekpyrotic scenario.
On the Spectrum of Fluctuations in an Effective Field Theory of the Ekpyrotic Universe
The idea is to identify the Feynman diagrams of this toy model with the graphs of a statistical ensemble.
Defining statistical ensembles of random graphs