The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
  — A common axiom

60s Battery Op. Spanking Mama Bear Toy

At its simplest a toy is an object used in play. A toy can be an item explicitly manufactured to be used in play (such as a rocking horse) or just an everyday object co-opted into play (like a blanket)

Toys have a strong association with children and pets, for they are often seen not needing a reason to simply play, hence are expected to have items that serve no purpose other than to help play. Adults will feel they need an excuse to own such an item. A bicycle goes from something that is simply fun to ride, to exercise equipment. Nearly anything can be called a "toy" when it is used for mere enjoyment, rather than a "serious" purpose.

Toys are often used in combination with imagination. A child playing with a doll or stuffed animal, for example, may imagine that the toy was a living person or animal.

Sex toys and toys in BDSMEdit

Main article: sex toy

Objects or devices that are used for sexual stimulation are called sex toys.

In BDSM, items that are used for BDSM play, such as implements, are often referred to as toys as well.

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