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."

Primary Meanings of toy

an artifact designed to be played with
manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier)
Full Definitions of toy

n an artifact designed to be played with

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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

n 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

v manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

diddle, fiddle, play
put out, retire
cause to be out on a fielding play
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hold something in one's hands and move it

v behave carelessly or indifferently

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)

v engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously

toy with an idea”
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act, behave, do
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

n 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

n a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size

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a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing

n any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets

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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