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horseplay

[hawrs-pley] /ˈhɔrsˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
rough or boisterous play or pranks.
Origin of horseplay
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; horse + play
Related forms
horseplayful, adjective
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  • David Griffith, let the child alone; he has not been used to your horseplay.'

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • But the steady concert of the snoring sleepers was unbroken by any horseplay.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • But the spirit of the whole controversy is in fact a spirit of horseplay.

  • Of course, there was some horseplay in which even Phil Franklin indulged.

  • There was a good deal of horseplay, and also something in the way of hazing.

    The Rover Boys at Colby Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • But their usual escapades of horseplay are not to my taste—I prefer fighting to that.

    The Admiral Douglas Sladen
  • There was to be no giggling, no whispering in corners, nor was there to be any horseplay.

  • He was determined to break up the horseplay if it could possibly be accomplished.

    The Putnam Hall Encampment Arthur M. Winfield
British Dictionary definitions for horseplay

horseplay

/ˈhɔːsˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
rough, boisterous, or rowdy play
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Word Origin and History for horseplay
n.

"rough, excessive play," 1580s, from horse (n.) with its associations of "strong, coarse" + play (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for horseplay

horseplay

noun

Rough and boisterous playing; coarse physical merriment (1589+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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