Meaning of “toy” in the English Dictionary

"toy" in British English

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toynoun [ C ]

uk /tɔɪ/ us /tɔɪ/

A2 an object for children to play with:

Put your toys away now - it's time for bed.
Leave daddy's camera alone - it isn't a toy!

an object that is used by an adult for pleasure rather than for serious use:

His latest toy is an underwater camera.
She has several executive toys on her desk.

More examples

  • Carol won a large soft toy at the fair.
  • I remember when I was a child being very impressed with how many toys she had.
  • I want you to clear all these toys away before bedtime.
  • Babies like toys that make a noise when you shake them.
  • Put that down carefully, Christopher, and don't fiddle with it please - it's not a toy.

toyadjective [ before noun ]

uk /tɔɪ/ us /tɔɪ/

(Definition of “toy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"toy" in American English

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toynoun [ C ]

us /tɔɪ/

toy noun [ C ] (PLAY OBJECT)

an object that children play with:

a stuffed toy
a toy train/soldier

toyadjective [ not gradable ]

us /tɔɪ/

toy adjective [ not gradable ] (SMALL DOG)

(of a breed of dog) very small and kept as a pet:

a toy poodle

(Definition of “toy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)