coquetry
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒkɪtɹi/, /ˈkəʊkətɹi/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkoʊkətɹi/
Noun

coquetry

  1. Coquettish behaviour; actions designed to excite erotic attention, without intending to reciprocate such feelings (chiefly of women towards men); flirtatious teasing.
    • 1792, Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Penguin 2004, p. 73:
      With a lover […] her sensibility will naturally lead her to endeavour to excite emotion, not to gratify her vanity, but her heart. This I do not allow to be coquetry, it is the artless impulse of nature […].
  2. (countable) An act constituting such behaviour; an affectation of amorous interest or enticement, especially of a woman directed towards a man.
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