A toy is an object that's made for a child to play with. Your favorite childhood toy might have been a dollhouse, a stuffed animal, or a set of blocks.

Some toys are specifically designed for play, like a small wooden train set or a baby's shape sorter. You can also make toys out of everyday objects and materials—a piece of paper can take the shape of a toy airplane, and a saucepan can become a toy drum. Very small dogs are another kind of toy, like a toy poodle. When you use it as a verb, toy means "move or handle absent-mindedly."

Definitions of toy
  1. noun
    an artifact designed to be played with
    synonyms: plaything
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    a spherical object used as a plaything
    small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck
    anything used as a toy horse (such as a rocking horse or one knee of an adult)
    doll, dolly
    a small replica of a person; used as a toy
    doll's house, dollhouse
    a small model of a house used as a toy by children
    a light, plastic disk about 10 inches in diameter; propelled with a flip of the wrist for recreation or competition
    hobby, hobbyhorse, rocking horse
    a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride
    plaything consisting of a tubular plastic hoop for swinging around the hips
    plaything consisting of a toy clown that jumps out of a box when the lid is opened
    jungle gym
    a structure of vertical and horizontal rods where children can climb and play
    jumping jack
    plaything consisting of a toy figure with movable joints that can be made to dance by pulling strings
    an optical toy in a tube; it produces symmetrical patterns as bits of colored glass are reflected by mirrors
    plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string
    Lego, Lego set
    (trademark) a child's plastic construction set for making mechanical models
    Meccano, Meccano set
    a child's construction set for making mechanical models
    pea shooter
    a straight narrow tube through which pellets (as dried peas) can be blown at a target
    plaything consisting of a container filled with toys and candy; suspended from a height for blindfolded children to break with sticks
    pinwheel, pinwheel wind collector
    a toy consisting of vanes of colored paper or plastic that is pinned to a stick and spins when it is pointed into the wind
    playhouse, wendy house
    plaything consisting of a small model of a house that children can play inside of
    pogo stick
    plaything consisting of a pole with foot rests and a strong spring; propelled by jumping
    plaything consisting of a toy gun that makes a popping sound
    a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken
    sandbox, sandpile, sandpit
    a plaything consisting of a pile of sand or a box filled with sand for children to play in
    dandle board, seesaw, teeter, teeter-totter, teeterboard, teetertotter, tilting board
    a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
    playground slide, slide, sliding board
    plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide
    catapult, sling, slingshot
    a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
    stick horse
    a child's plaything consisting on an imitation horse's head on one end of a stick
    mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
    teddy, teddy bear
    plaything consisting of a child's toy bear (usually plush and stuffed with soft materials)
    spinning top, teetotum, top, whirligig
    a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin
    train set
    a toy consisting of small models of railroad trains and the track for them to run on
    squirt gun, squirter, water gun, water pistol
    plaything consisting of a toy pistol that squirts water
    a toy consisting of a spool that is reeled up and down on a string by motions of the hand
    beach ball, beachball
    large and light ball; for play at the seaside
    box kite
    a kite shaped like a box open at both ends
    golliwog, golliwogg
    a grotesque black doll
    humming top
    a top that makes a humming noise as it spins
    a carved doll wearing the costume of a particular Pueblo spirit; usually presented to a child as a gift
    paper doll
    a piece of paper cut or folded into the shape of a human being
    peg top
    a pear-shaped top made of wood with a metal center pin
    a doll with a hollow head of a person or animal and a cloth body; intended to fit over the hand and be manipulated with the fingers
    rag doll
    a cloth doll that is stuffed and (usually) painted
    sawdust doll
    a doll that is stuffed with sawdust
    snow pressed into a ball for throwing (playfully)
    sport kite, stunt kite
    a maneuverable kite controlled by two lines and flown with both hands
    toy soldier
    a doll that resembles a soldier
    a swing used by circus acrobats
    tree house
    a playhouse built in the branches of a tree
    whip top, whipping top
    a top that is spun by whipping
    a four-sided top used in a game traditionally played during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah
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    artefact, artifact
    a man-made object taken as a whole
  2. noun
    a device regarded as providing amusement
    “private airplanes are a rich man's toy
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    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  3. verb
    manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
    synonyms: diddle, fiddle, play
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    put out, retire
    cause to be out on a fielding play
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    hold something in one's hands and move it
  4. verb
    behave carelessly or indifferently
    synonyms: dally, flirt, play
    dally, play, trifle
    consider not very seriously
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  5. verb
    engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
    toy with an idea”
    synonyms: play
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    act, behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
  6. noun
    a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier)
    “a toy stove”
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    replica, replication, reproduction
    copy that is not the original; something that has been copied
  7. noun
    a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
    synonyms: miniature
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    a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
  8. noun
    any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
    synonyms: toy dog
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    an old breed of tiny short-haired dog with protruding eyes from Mexico held to antedate Aztec civilization
    Japanese spaniel
    breed of toy dogs originating in Japan having a silky black-and-white or red-and-white coat
    Maltese, Maltese dog, Maltese terrier
    breed of toy dogs having a long straight silky white coat
    Peke, Pekinese, Pekingese
    a Chinese breed of small short-legged dogs with a long silky coat and broad flat muzzle
    a Chinese breed of small dog similar to a Pekingese
    toy spaniel
    a very small spaniel
    toy terrier
    a small active dog
    English toy spaniel
    British breed having a long silky coat and rounded head with a short upturned muzzle
    King Charles spaniel
    a toy English spaniel with a black-and-tan coat; named after Charles II who popularized it
    small slender toy spaniel with erect ears and a black-spotted brown to white coat
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    Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog
    a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds
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