Adjective "Toy" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


An object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something.
  1. 'Replica toys can make it difficult for a child to be creative and imaginative.'
  2. 'Everything bar the kitchen sink has to go… from cuddly toys to the cars standing on their driveway.'
  3. 'Some of the clothes on the hooks in the hallway were not mine; a child's toys, a few toy cars, stood in the corner.'
  4. 'The black plastic bin liner contained teddy bears and other cuddly toys, Rosie and Jim dolls and a number of framed children's pictures.'
  5. 'If the toddler ignored the miniature toys for more than three or four minutes, however, we would draw attention to them.'
  6. 'Go about in the shops and buy any little toys and models that have special bearing on civilian life in its more peaceful aspects.'
  7. 'And besides - have you ever tried making a 40 foot high replica of a stuffed toy out of pots of flowers?'
  8. 'Provide bright colored toys and toys like cars and trucks that move.'
  9. 'Miniature toy cars can drive with wet, painted tires over unusual papers.'
  10. 'I'm pretty sure when I was small, we had a toy - doll, car, train, whatever - and pretended it was what we wanted it to be.'
  11. 'in 1914 the car was still a rich man's toy'
  12. 'The atmosphere is upbeat, and there's all kinds of nifty geek toys and gadgets to be found down every aisle.'
  13. 'Nowadays, we have all sorts of electronic toys and gadgets, which give us assistance, but when you switch them off, that's the result!'
  14. 'Now that I have more gadgets and toys, I am more frustrated when there is no electricity to run them.'
  15. 'For years, people have joked that gadgets are basically just toys for grown ups.'
  16. 'Most RVs have room to store adult toys, too, such as canoes, golf clubs, bicycles, and fishing gear.'
  17. 'Beyond the techno-phobia of the previous generations, however, the new generation will play with these technological gadgets as toys of a whole new game.'
  18. 'Handhelds have evolved from toys for the gadget-crazed to truly useful devices.'
  19. 'And big adult toys, like bikes and computers need plenty of new space.'
  20. 'If nothing else, it will lead you deep into the jungle of new toys for your Linux machine.'
  21. 'If you look at most Asian customers, many also tend to be much more experimental with toys and gadgets.'
  22. 'Ilsa treats the inhabitants of her prison camp like toys to be played with and broken.'
Denoting a diminutive breed or variety of dog.
  1. 'The only dogs exempt from this rule are the toy breeds and puppies under 16 weeks of age.'
  2. 'Toni Gale's toy pom, Trixie, is a real pensioner at the age of 10, and the family has noticed that she's getting on in years.'
  3. 'If you have a white toy poodle, you would want to place her on, or in front of, a black, blue or brown backdrop.'
  4. 'Unlike the show held in April, there were not many fancy and toy breeds.'
  5. 'They had dogs of their own - a mastiff the size of a Humvee, and a tiny comma of a toy poodle.'
  6. 'In England the cavalier, once thought to be on the verge of extinction, is the most popular toy breed.'
  7. 'Tell the interviewer that your white toy poodle is lost in that huge snowbank and you need help.'
  8. 'One can only hope they are of the toy variety, otherwise her family's apartment must get pretty crowded.'
  9. 'So, after eating in the kitchen, I let my small toy poodle dog into the house, from the garage.'
  10. 'Now after all that fuss, I don't think she should have picked up her two toy poodles to sit on her lap.'


Move or handle (an object) absent-mindedly or nervously.
  1. 'Peter wasn't fooled; the officer toyed absently with a pencil and it snapped like a toothpick between his meaty fingers.'
  2. 'I start to toy around with the edge of his blanket.'
  3. 'Her fingers toyed absently with the handle of the mug of ale before her.'
  4. 'Then he stops short and mulls it over, fingers toying absently with the spoon in his teacup.'
  5. 'Damien picked up a photograph from the mantelpiece, toying idly with it.'
  6. 'He was toying absently with a leaf that he had picked up, which made me wonder about what he was thinking.'
  7. 'She thought it over as she toyed absently with a lock of hair behind one ear.'
Consider (an idea or proposal) casually or indecisively.
  1. 'Having lived in Canada for 15 years, Mr. John had been toying for long with the idea of launching a channel to showcase his home State.'
  2. 'I've been toying seriously with the idea of following him.'
  3. 'She toyed briefly with the idea of torturing him for a little longer but decided that was just too cruel.'
  4. 'I toy around with the idea of attention or stardom, but never know what to do with it when the spotlight shines on me for a brief moment.'
  5. 'He had toyed with the idea of writing a novel about the Labor movement, with a Eugene Debs character at its center, for some time, and would continue to do so, but in the end the novel never got written.'
  6. 'Biting my lip, I slid my arm in his and toyed around with calling her on it.'
  7. 'We toyed around with the idea of letting you start with special powers and higher level values at start-up but decided that that would hinder the accessibility of the game.'
  8. 'Last summer I toyed briefly with the idea of becoming a tour guide - lo and behold, here were my potential customers… anyway, there was the entertainment of watching a woman struggle with a friendly poodle she claimed wasn't hers.'
  9. 'I toyed around with the idea of waiting for awhile, until I could take a break from what I was working on.'
  10. 'At any rate, I was considering the whole blogging thing and was toying with the idea of just quitting altogether, packing it up and saying ‘Adios Amigos!’'
  11. 'The airline industry has been toying with the idea of merging religion with air flight for quite a while now.'
  12. 'he had been toying with her that day on the river'
  13. 'As a pretty girl from a respectable family, she toys with her beaux - little boys who must play the love game by her rules.'
  14. 'He felt himself staring back, still wondering what she meant by what she had said; if it had some universal meaning or if she was toying around with him.'
  15. 'Not one to toy around with; she takes her schoolwork and her role in the rehab center very seriously.'
  16. 'I don't know, Mitch, what the psychiatrists or psychologists on our panel are going to say, but others today have been saying that he is toying with us.'

More definitions

1. an object, often a small representation of something familiar, as an animal or person, for children or others to play with; plaything.

2. a thing or matter of little or no value or importance; a trifle.

3. something that serves for or as if for diversion, rather than for serious practical use.

4. a small article of little value but prized as a souvenir or for some other special reason; trinket; knickknack; bauble.

5. something diminutive, especially in comparison with like objects.

More examples(as adjective)

"markets can be toy."

"shareholders can be toy."

"equipments can be toy."


Late Middle English: of unknown origin. The word originally denoted a funny story or remark, later an antic or trick, or a frivolous entertainment. The verb dates from the early 16th century.


throw one's toys out of the pram