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Toy, subst. 1) any thing liked and affected, though of little worth; a bawble: “haply your eye shall light upon some t. you have desire to purchase,” Tw. III, 3, 44. “any silk, any thread, any --s for your head,” Wint. IV, 4, 326. cf. Ant. V, 2, 166.
2) a futile thing, a nothingness: “sells eternity to get a t.” Lucr. 214. (set) “as little by such --s as possible,” Gent. I, 2, 82. “I do not like des --s,” Wiv. I, 4, 46 (Dr. Caius' speech). “silence, you airy --s,” V, 5, 46. “critic Timon laugh at idle --s,” LLL IV, 3, 170. “a t., my liege,” LLL IV, 3, 170 “I never may believe these antique fables nor these fairy --s,” Mids. V, 3. “even a t. in hand here,” As III, 3, 77. “tut, a t.!” Shr. II, 404 (== nonsense!). “a knack, a t., a trick, a baby's cap,” IV, 3, 67. “a foolish thing was but a t.” Tw. V, 400. “dreams are --s,” Wint. III, 3, 39. “shall we fall foul for --s?” H4B II, 4, 183. “for a t., a thing of no regard,” H6A IV, 1, 145. “being but a t., which is no grief to give,” R3 III, 1, 114. “there's nothing serious in mortality; all is but --s,” Mcb. II, 3, 99. “each t. seems prologue to some great amiss,” Hml. IV, 5, 18. “light-winged --s of feathered Cupid,” Oth. I, 3, 269 (cf. the verb to toy). “some lady trifles, . . . immoment --s,” Ant. V, 2, 166. “triumphs for nothing and lamenting --s is jollity for apes and grief for boys,” Cymb. IV, 2, 193.
3) an idle fancy, an odd conceit, a folly: the tricks and --s that in them (women) “lurk,” Pilgr. 337. “there's --s abroad,” John I, 232 (there are follies in the world). “such like --s as these have moved his highness to commit me now,” R3 I, 1, 60. “if no inconstant t. nor womanish fear abate thy valour in the acting it,” Rom. IV, 1, 119. “hold it a fashion and a t. in blood,” Hml. I, 3, 6. “the very place puts --s of desperation . . . into every brain,” I, 4, 75. “no conception nor no jealous t. corcerning you,” Oth. III, 4, 156.
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