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7 definitions found
 for toy
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Toy \Toy\ (toi), n. [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.]
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     1. A plaything for children; a bawble. --Cowper.
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     2. A thing for amusement, but of no real value; an article of
        trade of little value; a trifle.
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              They exchange for knives, glasses, and such toys,
              great abundance of gold and pearl.    --Abr. Abbot.
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     3. A wild fancy; an odd conceit; idle sport; folly; trifling
        opinion.
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              To fly about playing their wanton toys. --Spenser.
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              What if a toy take 'em in the heels now, and they
              all run away.                         --Beau. & Fl.
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              Nor light and idle toys my lines may vainly swell.
                                                    --Drayton.
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     4. Amorous dalliance; play; sport; pastime. --Milton.
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              To dally thus with death is no fit toy. --Spenser.
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     5. An old story; a silly tale. --Shak.
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     6. [Probably the same word.] A headdress of linen or woolen,
        that hangs down over the shoulders, worn by old women of
        the lower classes; -- called also toy mutch. [Scot.]
        "Having, moreover, put on her clean toy, rokelay, and
        scarlet plaid." --Sir W. Scott.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Toy \Toy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. toyed; p. pr. & vb. n.
     toying.]
     To dally amorously; to trifle; to play.
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           To toy, to wanton, dally, smile and jest. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Toy \Toy\, v. t.
     To treat foolishly. [Obs.] --E. Dering (1576).
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  toy
      n 1: an artifact designed to be played with [syn: plaything,
           toy]
      2: a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as
         a modifier); "a toy stove"
      3: a device regarded as providing amusement; "private airplanes
         are a rich man's toy"
      4: a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced
         size [syn: miniature, toy]
      5: any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
         [syn: toy dog, toy]
      v 1: behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a
           young girl's affection" [syn: dally, toy, play,
           flirt]
      2: 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" [syn: toy, fiddle, diddle, play]
      3: 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" [syn: play, toy]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  272 Moby Thesaurus words for "toy":
     Charlie McCarthy, a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot,
     agate, agent, ancilla, appliance, babe, baby, baby-sized,
     bagatelle, ball, bantam, banty, baseball bat, bat, battledore,
     bauble, bean, bibelot, bill and coo, bit, blocks, boob, boutade,
     brainstorm, brass farthing, bric-a-brac, butt, button, byword,
     byword of reproach, capriccio, caprice, caress, cent, checkerboard,
     chessboard, chump, cinch, club, cockhorse, compact, conceit,
     contrivance, copulate, coquet, cosset, crank, craze, crazy idea,
     creature, credulous person, cricket bat, crotchet, cuddle, cue,
     cull, curio, dabble, dally, dandle, derision, device, die,
     diminutive, disport, doll, doll carriage, dummy, duodecimo, dupe,
     easy mark, easy pickings, fad, fair game, fall guy, fancy,
     fantastic notion, fantasy, farce, farthing, feather, fiddle,
     fiddle with, fiddle-faddle, fidget with, fig, figure of fun,
     finger with, fish, fleabite, flimflam, flirt, folderol, fool,
     fool around, fool notion, fool with, freak, freakish inspiration,
     fribble, frippery, frivol, frolic, game, gaud, gazingstock, gewgaw,
     gimcrack, go-between, goat, gobe-mouches, golf club, greener,
     greenhorn, greeny, gudgeon, gull, hair, halfpenny, handmaid,
     handmaiden, handy, harebrained idea, hill of beans, hobbyhorse,
     horse around, humor, idle, implement, innocent, instrument,
     interagent, intermediary, intermediate, intermedium,
     jack-in-the-box, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, jerk off, jest,
     jestingstock, joke, kickshaw, kid around, kink, knack, knickknack,
     knickknackery, laughingstock, lead on, leadpipe cinch, lever,
     loiter, lollygag, maggot, make love, make out, marble, marionette,
     mechanism, mediator, medium, megrim, mess around, midwife, mig,
     miniature, miniaturized, minikin, minimal, minion, minuscule,
     mockery, molehill, monkey, monkey around, neck, notion, novelty,
     organ, paper doll, passing fancy, patsy, pawn, peppercorn, pet,
     picayune, pick-up sticks, piddle, pigeon, pin, pinch of snuff,
     pinprick, pinwheel, play, play around, play with, plaything,
     pocket, pocket-sized, pony, potter, pretty, prize sap, puppet,
     pushover, putter, quirk, racket, rag doll, rap, red cent,
     rocking horse, row of pins, rush, sap, saphead, schlemiel, servant,
     shit, sitting duck, slave, small-scale, smatter, smooch, snap,
     sneeshing, sou, spoon, sport, steelie, stock, stooge, straw,
     string along, subminiature, sucker, sweet-talk, target, taw, tease,
     teetotum, tinker, tool, top, toy soldier, toy with, trifle,
     trinket, triviality, trusting soul, tuppence, twelvemo, twiddle,
     two cents, twopence, vagary, vehicle, vest-pocket, victim, wanton,
     whatnot, whim, whim-wham, whimsy, whisper sweet nothings
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  toy
   n.
  
      A computer system; always used with qualifiers.
  
      1. nice toy: One that supports the speaker's hacking style adequately.
  
      2. just a toy: A machine that yields insufficient computrons for the
      speaker's preferred uses. This is not condemnatory, as is bitty box; toys
      can at least be fun. It is also strongly conditioned by one's expectations;
      Cray XMP users sometimes consider the Cray-1 a toy, and certainly all RISC
      boxes and mainframes are toys by their standards. See also Get a real
      computer!.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  toy
  
     A computer system; always used with qualifiers.
  
     1. "nice toy": One that supports the speaker's hacking style
     adequately.
  
     2. "just a toy": A machine that yields insufficient
     computrons for the speaker's preferred uses.  This is not
     condemnatory, as is bitty box; toys can at least be fun.  It
     is also strongly conditioned by one's expectations; Cray XMP
     users sometimes consider the Cray-1 a "toy", and certainly all
     RISC boxes and mainframes are toys by their standards.  See
     also Get a real computer!.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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