verb (used without object), co·quet·ted, co·quet·ting.

  1. to try to attract the attention and admiration of men for mere self-gratification; flirt.
  2. to act without seriousness; trifle; dally.


  1. coquettish.


  1. Obsolete. a male flirt.


  1. a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.

verb (used without object)

  1. to coquet.

verb -quets, -quetting or -quetted (intr)

  1. to behave flirtatiously
  2. to dally or trifle


  1. a woman who flirts
  2. any hummingbird of the genus Lophornis, esp the crested Brazilian species L. magnifica

1660s, from French fem. of coquet (male) “flirt” (see coquet).


“amorous, flirtatious person,” 1690s, originally of both sexes (as it was in French), from French coquet (17c.), diminutive of coq “cock” (see cock (n.1)). A figurative reference to its strut or its lust. The distinction of fem. coquette began c.1700, and use in reference to males has faded out since.

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