From Middle English toye ("amorous play, piece of fun or entertainment"), probably from Middle Dutch toy, tuyg as in Dutch speeltuig ("play-thing, toy"), from Old Dutch *tiug, from Proto-Germanic *teugą ("stuff, matter, device, gear, lever"), from Proto-Germanic *teuhaną ("to lead, bring, pull"), from Proto-Indo-European *dewk- ("to pull, lead"). Cognate with German Spielzeug ("toy"), Danish legetøj ("play-thing, toy"). Related to tug, tow.
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