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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: toy 'amusing story or action' (15-18 centuries)

toy

1 noun
     
Related topics: Toys
toy1 [countable]
1DHT an object for children to play with:
some toys for the baby
soft/cuddly toy British English (=a toy that looks like an animal and is covered in fur)
Annie was playing happily with her toys.
2 an object that you buy because it gives you pleasure and enjoyment, especially one that you don't really need:
The food mixer is her latest toy.
3

sex toy

an object that adults use to obtain sexual pleasure

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