coquette

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v coquette talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries","My husband never flirts with other women"
    • n coquette a seductive woman who uses her sex appeal to exploit men
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coquette (Zoöl) A tropical humming bird of the genus Lophornis, with very elegant neck plumes. Several species are known. See Illustration under Spangle v. t.
    • Coquette A vain, trifling woman, who endeavors to attract admiration from a desire to gratify vanity; a flirt; -- formerly sometimes applied also to men.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coquette A woman who endeavors to gain the admiration of men; a vain, selfish, trifling woman, who endeavors to attract admiration and advances in love, for the gratification of her vanity; a flirt; a jilt.
    • n coquette plural A group of crested humming-birds, of the genus Lophornis (which see).
    • coquette Coquettish; like a coquette.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Coquette to excite admiration or love
    • Coquette a vain woman who seeks admiration from mere vanity: a flirt
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. coquet, coquette, coquettish, orig., cocklike, strutting like a cock, fr. coq, a cock. Cf. Cock Cocket Cocky Cockade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. coquetercoquet, dim. of coq, a cock.

Usage

In literature:

But Lily was a born coquette, and jealous at that.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
You will think me a coquette, and you ought to despise me.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It may be needless to speak of the confirmed coquette.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
Lola, the coquette however cannot bear to know, that her former sweet-heart should love another woman.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
She is a bit of a coquette, is pleased with her success, and torments her victims, but her heart is free.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The spangled coquette, like all of its genus, possesses a well-defined crest on the head, and a number of feathers projecting from the neck.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
She is a heartless coquette.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley
The Coquettes of both Sexes are Self-lovers, and that is a Love no other whatever can dispossess.
"The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay
Some call her a coquette.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Believe me, seigneur, Florine is also a coquette; she does not deserve that you should be so gallant to her.
"Edmund Dulac’s Fairy-Book" by Edmund Dulac
Miss Melman was a complete coquette, capricious and fantastical.
"A Description of Millenium Hall" by Sarah Scott
Some one said the other day that Shakspeare had never drawn a coquette.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
The music struck up the favorite, old-fashioned "Coquette," and the dance began.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Charles Stevens was no coquette.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
After all, he was not a mere male coquette.
"Children of the Desert" by Louis Dodge
I have many faults, but I am not naturally a coquette.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
A female coquette is bad enough.
"How To Behave: A Pocket Manual Of Republican Etiquette, And Guide To Correct Personal Habits" by Samuel R Wells
There was no hint of the coquette about her.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
She never was a coquette; but what is a girl so endowed to do?
"A Pessimist" by Robert Timsol
She was in no humour tonight to dance and banter and coquette with an empty and desolate heart.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance
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In poetry:

And Nature frown'd
On the bright coquette,
And sternly said—
"I will teach thee yet,
A lesson so hard
Thou wilt not forget!"
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
If still, from false pride, your pangs she deride,
This whimsical virgin forget;
Some other adiaiire, who will melt with your fire,
And laugh at the little coquette.
"Reply To Some Verses Of J.M.B. Pigot, Esq. On The Cruelty Of His Mistress" by Lord George Gordon Byron
Would you teach her to love? for a time seem to rove;
At first she may frown in a pet;
But leave her awhile, she shortly will smile,
And then you may kiss your coquette.
"Reply To Some Verses Of J.M.B. Pigot, Esq. On The Cruelty Of His Mistress" by Lord George Gordon Byron
The cold coquette, to win her destined prey,
May feign a passion which she ne'er can feel;
But I true Passion's soft commands obey,
And fain my tender feelings would conceal.
"Love Elegy, to Henry" by Amelia Opie
Then quit her, my friend your bosom defend,
Ere quite with her snares you're beset;
Lest your deep-wounded heart, when incensed by the smart,
Should lead you to curse the coquette.
"Reply To Some Verses Of J.M.B. Pigot, Esq. On The Cruelty Of His Mistress" by Lord George Gordon Byron
The next coquette, who raised a flame,
Was far more grave, and somewhat lame,
She in my heart did rankle. She conquer'd, with a sudden glance:
The spiteful slut was call'd Miss Chance;
I took the gypsy out to dance;
She almost broke my ankle.
"My Mistresses" by Royall Tyler

In news:

Stephen Rice, Adam Curry, and Micky Hoogendijk front row at Coco Coquette's 12 Ways to End the World.
Coquette Café Dark Chocolate and Tart Cherry Bread Pudding with Kirsch-Kissed Crème Anglaise .
Dark Chocolate and Tart Cherry Bread Pudding with Kirsch-Kissed Crème Anglaise can be found at Coquette Café in the Third Ward.
Another newly-fashionable pursuit is celebrated by a scarce automaton titled "Coquette Cycliste" in the Roullet et Decamps catalog.
Stephen Rice, Adam Curry, and Micky Hoogendijk front row at Coco Coquette 's 12 Ways to End the World.
Coquette Café Dark Chocolate and Tart Cherry Bread Pudding with Kirsch-Kissed Crème Anglaise.
Coquette Café Dark Chocolate and Tart Cherry Bread Pudding with Kirsch-Kissed Crème Anglaise.
Dark Chocolate and Tart Cherry Bread Pudding with Kirsch-Kissed Crème Anglaise can be found at Coquette Café in the Third Ward.
Coquette Café Dark Chocolate and Tart Cherry Bread Pudding with Kirsch -Kissed Crème Anglaise.
Dark Chocolate and Tart Cherry Bread Pudding with Kirsch -Kissed Crème Anglaise can be found at Coquette Café in the Third Ward.
In his recent article about Oscar campaigning, Damien Bona writes that Mary Pickford never played an adult role before her talkie debut in "Coquette" (1929).
KEVIN ZANSLER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE A spot at Coquette Bistro's shiny bar is a sought-after seat for enjoying chef Michael Stoltzfus' dishes paired with bartender Cole Newton's cocktails.
KEVIN ZANSLER / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Bartender Cole Newton's La Reve cocktail at Coquette Bistro and Wine Bar on Magazine Street.
Coquette's Bistro & Bakery .
Like her meringues and genoises, Britt -Marie Horrocks Culey's business, Coquette Patisserie, is on the rise in Cleveland.
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