coquet

coquet

[koh-ket]
verb (used without object), coquetted, coquetting.
1.
to try to attract the attention and admiration of men for mere self-gratification; flirt.
2.
to act without seriousness; trifle; dally.
adjective
noun
4.
Obsolete. a male flirt.

Origin:
1685–95; < French; literally, cockerel, equivalent to coq cock + -et -et


1. dally, tease.
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coquet (kəʊˈkɛt, kɒ-)
 
vb , -quets, -quetting, -quetted
1.  to behave flirtatiously
2.  to dally or trifle
 
[C17: from French: a gallant, literally: a little cock, from coq cock]

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coquet
"amorous, flirtatious person," 1690s, originally of both sexes (as it was in Fr.), from Fr. coquet, dim. of coq "cock" (see cock (n.1)). A figurative reference to its strut or its lust. The distinction of fem. coquette began c.1700, and use in ref. to males has faded out.
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