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Coquetry is an affectation of amorous tenderness, especially of a woman directed towards a man. It is often considered to be a form of flirtation, but may be distinguished as being subtler and more innocent.


  • Like a lovely tree
    She grew to womanhood, and between whiles
    Rejected several suitors, just to learn
    How to accept a better in his turn.
  • Such is your cold coquette, who can't say "No,"
    And won't say "Yes," and keeps you on and off-ing
    On a lee-shore, till it begins to blow,
    Then sees your heart wreck'd, with an inward scoffing.
  • Coquetry is the essential characteristic, and the prevalent humor of women; but they do not all practise it, because the coquetry of some it restrained by fear or by reason.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 139-40.
  • Or light or dark, or short or tall,
    She sets a springe to snare them all:
    All's one to her—above her fan
    She'd make sweet eyes at Caliban.
  • In the School of Coquettes
    Madam Rose is a scholar;—
    O, they fish with all nets
    In the School of Coquettes!
    When her brooch she forgets
    'Tis to show her new collar;
    In the School of Coquettes
    Madam Rose is a scholar!
  • Coquetry whets the appetite; flirtation depraves it. Coquetry is the thorn that guards the rose—easily trimmed off when once plucked. Flirtation is like the slime on water-plants, making them hard to handle, and when caught, only to be cherished in slimy waters.

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