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TOY is a word made from vertically symmetrical letters.
The word TOY can be typed using only the top row of keys on a QWERTY keyboard.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun toy:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb toy:


Toy is sometimes a misspelling of toys or Troy.

The word toy is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun toy

What does toy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: toys

  1. an artifact designed to be played with
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of toy: plaything
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific terms:
      • ball = a spherical object used as a plaything
      • balloon = small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck
      • cockhorse = anything used as a toy horse
      • dolly / doll = a small replica of a person
      • doll's house / dollhouse = a small model of a house used as a toy by children
      • rocking horse / hobbyhorse / hobby = a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers
      • hula-hoop = plaything consisting of a tubular plastic hoop for swinging around the hips
      • jack-in-the-box = 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
      • kaleidoscope = an optical toy in a tube
      • kite = plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper
      • pea shooter = a straight narrow tube through which pellets (as dried peas) can be blown at a target
      • pinata = plaything consisting of a container filled with toys and candy
      • pinwheel wind collector / pinwheel = 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
      • wendy house / playhouse = 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
      • popgun = plaything consisting of a toy gun that makes a popping sound
      • rattle = a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken
      • sandpile / sandbox / sandpit = a plaything consisting of a pile of sand or a box filled with sand for children to play in
      • teeter-totter / tilting board / dandle board / teetertotter / teeterboard / seesaw / teeter = a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum
      • playground slide / sliding board / slide = plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide
      • slingshot / catapult / sling = a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms
      • stick horse = a child's plaything consisting on an imitation horse's head on one end of a stick
      • swing = mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
      • teddy bear / teddy = plaything consisting of a child's toy bear
      • spinning top / whirligig / teetotum / top = 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
      • water pistol / squirt gun / water gun / squirter = plaything consisting of a toy pistol that squirts water
      • yo-yo = a toy consisting of a spool that is reeled up and down on a string by motions of the hand
  2. a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier)
  3. a device regarded as providing amusement
    • example: private airplanes are a rich man's toy
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: device = an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose
  4. a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of toy: miniature
    • more generic word: copy = a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
  5. any of several breeds of very small dogs kept purely as pets
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • synonym of toy: toy dog
    • more generic terms: 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
    • more specific terms:
      • Chihuahua = 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 terrier / Maltese dog / Maltese = breed of toy dogs having a long straight silky white coat
      • Pekingese / Pekinese / Peke = a Chinese breed of small short-legged dogs with a long silky coat and broad flat muzzle
      • Shih-Tzu = a Chinese breed of small dog similar to a Pekingese
      • toy spaniel = a very small spaniel
      • toy terrier = a small active dog

Alternative definition of the noun toy


  1. Something to play with, especially as intended for use by a child. [definition from 16th c.]
  2. A thing of little importance or value; a trifle. [definition from 16th c.]
  3. [obsolete] Love play, amorous dalliance; fondling. [definition 16th-18th c.]
  4. [obsolete] A vague fancy, a ridiculous idea or notion; a whim. [definition 16th-17th c.]

Definition of the verb toy

What does toy mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: toyed | toying | toys

  1. behave carelessly or indifferently
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of toy: dally / flirt / play
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  2. manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of toy: diddle / fiddle / play
    • more generic word: manipulate = hold something in one's hands and move it
    • more specific terms: put out / retire = cause to be out on a fielding play
  3. engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
    • example: toy with an idea
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of toy: play
    • more generic words: act / behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior


  1. TOY are an English indie rock/psychedelic rock band from Brighton.
  2. Toy is a one-man project band of Korean pop singer-songwriter and pianist You Hee-yeol.
  3. Toy is an electronic duo formed by musician and producer Jørgen Træen from Bergen and the Bergen-based composer Alisdair Stirling originally from London.
    • albums: "TOY", "Half Baked Alaska"
  4. TOY is a musical group.
    • albums: "Exciting Sexventures", "Zap My World", "The Juggernaut"

There are other groups with in their name, like TOY$!, Toy Box, Toy-Box, Holy Toy, Toy love, Dring Toy, Evils Toy, Pixel Toy, Toy Dolls, Toy Fight, Evil's Toy, Toy Horses, Toy Matinee, Joy as a Toy, The Toy Band, The Toy Guns, Fluffy Toy Iq, Marvelous Toy, Shiny Toy Guns and Hyper Little Toy's.


  1. Toy a.k.a. La Toya Jackson: La Toya Yvonne Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, philanthropist, activist and former model. She is the fifth child of the Jackson family. She maintained a career as a singer throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and returned to music in 2004 with her Billboard charting songs "Just Wanna Dance" and "Free the World". An EP called Starting Over was released on June 21, 2011.
  2. Toy: Vítor Manuel Andrade Gomes da Costa, aka Toy, is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for Doxa Katokopias F.C. in Cyprus, as a forward.
  3. Toy a.k.a. LaToya Ward is an actress.
  4. Toy is a musician, musical artist.
    • also known as Valentine, Toy; Toy Valentine
    • born on (30 years ago)
    • member of musical group The Faders between and (2 years)

There are other people with in their name, like Bob Toy, Jim Toy, Sam Toy, Tin Toy, Toy Lei, Alan Toy, Gary Toy, Kyle Toy, Noel Toy, Toy Drum and many others.


  1. "Toy" is an album by the British rock musician David Bowie, recorded for release in 2001, and leaked onto the Internet in 2011. Although Bowie had begun recording the album intending to feature new versions of some of his earliest pieces as well as three new songs, its sessions led him to Heathen and it was never released officially.
  2. "TOY": TOY is the 2012 eponymous debut album by London-based band TOY.
    • artists: Toy & TOY
    • genre: Post-rock
    • released on (9 years ago)
  3. "Toy" and Help Yourself are two 1997 Cantonese EPs recorded by Chinese Cantopop singer Faye Wong when she was based in Hong Kong.
    • also known as Toy and Help Yourself
    • genres: Mandopop, Cantopop
    • released in (18 years ago)
  4. "Toy" is a musical EP of Erchint & Enkindel.
    • released in (24 years ago)
  5. "TOY" is a musical album of Sakanoue Yosuke.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  6. "TOY" is a musical single of THE SLUT BANKS.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  7. "Toy" is a musical album of PLASTIC GIRL IN CLOSET.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  8. "TOY" is a composition.


"Toy" a.k.a. "The Toy" is a 1982 American comedy film directed by Richard Donner, and starring Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason, with Ned Beatty, Scott Schwartz, Teresa Ganzel, and Virginia Capers in supporting roles. It is an adaptation of the 1976 French film Le Jouet.


"Toy" is an artwork by John Chamberlain, begun in (55 years ago).


Toy a.k.a. Toyama Airport is an airport located 3 NM south southwest of Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture, Japan, about 20 minutes by car from the city center.


  1. Toy was a much liked chewing gum sold in Sweden.
  2. Toy a.k.a. Topoiyo Language: Topoiyo is a language of West Sulawesi, Indonesia.
  3. Toy: A toy is an object used in play.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Toy

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Google previewWhen Grown Ups Cry (2012)

by Jasna Jackson

The first child toy is a doll wich shall be a them. Then they got a usually a ball wich shall mean that they have to move, then others like a animals, cars, bealdings and they geting to know a big world thru a toys. and becouse children learn to ...

Google previewEnglish Toy Spaniel (2012)

by Chelsea Devon

The English Toy is a quick learner and, in a short period of time, your little Charlie will turn into a charming gentleman or lady that will be a ...

Google previewDogs and Puppies (2007)

Discover your "inner artist" as you explore the basic theories and techniques of pencil drawing by Nolon Stacey

A squeaky toy is an effective tool for getting a dog to stare alertly wherever you hold it, and a treat often has the same effect. If the dog has been trained to sit or stay on command, use it to your advantage. And the task of photographing a dog is ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Etymology (1865)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood

Toy. An ellipse for play -toy, implements of play, ...

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

To throw the teka / *Playing tekateka Playing with the teka dart / *Playing at any game whakatekateka Toy dart, often made of stipes of fern (Pteridium); thrown so as to glide along the ground neti / neneti / niti Knot / Turk's head (on the end of a ...

Google previewThe Dog Encyclopedia for Kids (2017)

by Tammy Gagne

The Toy Fox Terrier's body is primarily white. Its head is black and tan, completing the breed's tri-color appearance. Although the dog is small, its ears are huge.

Google previewThe Dictionary of English Inflected Words, with the Syllabication of All the Words According to a System Founded on Well-defined Principles (1877)

And the System of Syllabication as Applied to Poetry and the Scansion of Verse. Forming Part II of The Handy English Word Book by James Stormonth

toy n., toys ...

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Quotes about Toy

To a child, often the box a toy came in is more appealing than the toy itself. (Allen Klein)
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Scrabble value of T1O1Y4

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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