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

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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