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

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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
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    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

  3. verb

    manipulate manually or in one’s mind or imagination

    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

    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”
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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)

    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

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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

    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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