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  a woman who is casually playful in a way that arouses sexual interest of men, but does not imply serious sexual interest
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Coquette is a French word that is similar to the word flirt. There are two primary differences:
  1. Coquette only refers to a woman whereas flirt can refer to either sex.
  2. To say someone is coquettish implies that she is just being playful and does not intend sexual relations with the man with whom she is interacting; whereas when a woman is described as flirting, the word does not indicate whether she is just being playful or she wants to instigate sexual relations.
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  • Her early roles limited her to the decorative coquette, but she had a breakout role in...
  • He introduced Bette Midler by saying, Bette rhymes with coquette, but never regret.
  • I congratulate you Mr. Vernon on being about to receive into your family, the most accomplished coquette in England.
    Jane Austen  --  Lady Susan
  • Sometimes she works as an actress, but she is always a coquette.

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  • She is an aging coquette too slow to change her tactics.
  • She is coquettishly fanning herself with an ornate oriental fan,
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • She put it on and peered up at him coquettishly.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • She coquettishly dipped her lashes.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • With fluttering fingertips her hand rose automatically, though with a final coquettish flourish, to touch the kerchief at the crown of her head.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I asked coquettishly.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • "What?" said Xandra coquettishly, clumping around to the passenger side in her high shoes as my dad beeped the lock open.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "So," she says, coquettishly, "what do you say for yourself, Timur?"
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • By the time he was done, all that was left of the Weasel’s bushy eyebrows was a coquettish line.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The fair girl shook her head coquettishly, and the other two urged her on.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He felt that, influenced by her ambitions and coquettish disposition, Teresa might escape him.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I’ve learned two new words: "brothel" and "coquette."
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • "What do you think, Mr. St. Clare?" she said, coquettishly tossing her head at Adolph.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I fear me she is coquettish, and over nice and fastidious!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • The French or the Belgian girl, coquettish, charming-I think there is no one to touch her.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • She pauses to look over her shoulder and winks, running the straps coquettishly down her arms.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • "Andre," said his wife, addressing her husband in the same coquettish manner in which she spoke to other men, "the vicomte has been telling us such a tale about Mademoiselle George and Buonaparte!"
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I had learnt her whole character, which was without mystery or disguise: she was coquettish but not heartless; exacting, but not worthlessly selfish.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • When I was happy, it was only necessary to glance into my closets, and it would have been evident that I was not a coquettish and untidy woman.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Scarlett O’Hara had a pretty, coquettish, highspirited face.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She was very pretty and she made coquettish little jokes.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Kimonos, sake, rice paper walls, coquettish and demure geishas.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • A lissome, blond, sinuous girl with lovely legs and honey-colored skin laid herself out contentedly on the arm of the old man’s chair and began molesting his angular, pale, dissolute face languidly and coquettishly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Looking over his shoulder, I saw that on the pavement opposite there stood a large woman with a heavy fur boa round her neck, and a large curling red feather in a broad-brimmed hat which was tilted in a coquettish Duchess of Devonshire fashion over her ear.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • She was withal a little of a coquette, as might be perceived even in her dress, which was a mixture of ancient and modern fashions, as most suited to set off her charms.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • "La, Sir Percy, your chivalry misguides you," said Marguerite, coquettishly, "you forget that you yourself have imported one bundle of goods from France."
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • She’s actually smiling, coquettishly even; there’s a hint of her former small-screen mannequin’s allure, flickering over her face like momentary static.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • "Was it with that intention you followed me?" asked the young woman, with a coquettish smile, whose somewhat bantering character resumed its influence, and with whom all fear had disappeared from the moment in which she recognized a friend in one she had taken for an enemy.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • She is a vain coquette, and her tricks have not answered.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • That’s what will teach you to wear gilded girdles! ten sous parisis! you coquettes!
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • That was talk, but Nicole had a better hold on him now and she held it; she turned coquette and walked away, leaving him as suspended as in the funicular of the afternoon.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • "Well, of course, our readers would be profoundly interested …" He put his head on one side, his smile became almost coquettish.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • With her pretty hair tucked into a little cap, arms bared to the elbow, and a checked apron which had a coquettish look in spite of the bib, the young housewife fell to work, feeling no doubts about her success, for hadn’t she seen Hannah do it hundreds of times?
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • You, mi napita, you’ll be our little coquette.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • You seem almost like a coquette, upon my life you do—a coquette of the first urban water!
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "I didn’t see you for a long time," she said, coquettishly, repulsing one of his exuberant approaches.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He turns his head coquettishly to and fro, minces like a mannequin.
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily’s house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
  • The words might have been those of a coquette, but the full, bright glance Maggie turned on Philip was not that of a coquette.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Smiled dazzlingly and coquettishly at the salmon-colored face of the conductor.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • And Pete Gandy, though he’d probably do what she asked if she acted all coquettish, would probably screw everything up as soon as he opened his mouth.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Forgive me for sometimes calling you Alyosha; an old woman like me may take liberties," she smiled coquettishly; "but that will do later, too.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Emma carved, put bits on his plate with all sorts of coquettish ways, and she laughed with a sonorous and libertine laugh when the froth of the champagne ran over from the glass to the rings on her fingers.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • I rather think his appearance there was distasteful to Catherine; she was not artful, never played the coquette, and had evidently an objection to her two friends meeting at all; for when Heathcliff expressed contempt of Linton in his presence, she could not half coincide, as she did in his absence; and when Linton evinced disgust and antipathy to Heathcliff, she dared not treat his sentiments with indifference, as if depreciation of her playmate were of scarcely any consequence to…
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The gaoler standing at his side, and the other gaolers moving about, who would have been well enough as to appearance in the ordinary exercise of their functions, looked so extravagantly coarse contrasted with sorrowing mothers and blooming daughters who were there—with the apparitions of the coquette, the young beauty, and the mature woman delicately bred—that the inversion of all experience and likelihood which the scene of shadows presented, was heightened to its utmost.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The bearded creatures are quite as eager for praise, quite as finikin over their toilettes, quite as proud of their personal advantages, quite as conscious of their powers of fascination, as any coquette in the world.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
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