Monday, 29 October 2007

Coquette / Coquet

Coquette (noun) A woman who habitually trifles with the affections of men; a flirt.

Coquette is the feminine form of French coquet, "flirtatious man," diminutive of coq, "rooster, cock." The adjective form is coquettish. The verb coquet (also coquette) means "to flirt or trifle with."

The male version is a coquet (pronounced the same as the female version). However, this word has fallen into disuse and is now considered obsolete.

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