coquetting

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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coquette

[koh-ket]
noun
1.
a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
verb (used without object)
2.
to coquet.

Origin:
1605–15; < French, feminine of coquet

coquettish, adjective

coquette, croquet, croquette.


1. tease, vamp.


See -ette.
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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]

coquette (kəʊˈkɛt, kɒˈkɛt)
 
n
1.  a woman who flirts
2.  any hummingbird of the genus Lophornis, esp the crested Brazilian species L. magnifica
 
[C17: from French, feminine of coquet]
 
co'quettish
 
adj
 
co'quettishly
 
adv
 
co'quettishness
 
n

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coquette
1660s, from Fr. fem. of coquet (male) "flirt" (see coquet).

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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