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coquet

[koh-ket] /koʊˈkɛt/
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
1685-1695
1685-95; < French; literally, cockerel, equivalent to coq cock + -et -et
Synonyms
1. dally, tease.
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British Dictionary definitions for coquet

coquet

/kəʊˈkɛt; kɒ-/
verb (intransitive) -quets, -quetting, -quetted
1.
to behave flirtatiously
2.
to dally or trifle
Word Origin
C17: from French: a gallant, literally: a little cock, from coq cock
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Word Origin and History for coquet
n.

"amorous, flirtatious person," 1690s, originally of both sexes (as it was in French), from French coquet (17c.), diminutive 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 reference to males has faded out since.

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