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playmate

[pley-meyt] /ˈpleɪˌmeɪt/
noun
1.
a companion, especially of a child, in play or recreation.
2.
Informal. a social companion or lover; girlfriend or boyfriend:
He showed up at the nightclub with his new playmate.
Origin of playmate
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; play + mate1
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Examples from the Web for playmate
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  • I hope, Sir Oliver, ye have a son of your own to be his playmate.

    Biographical Stories Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Her only daughter, Gulielma, was the playmate and companion of Thomas.

  • And suddenly he saw her enthroned—a woman, not a child—a wife, not a playmate.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • It was evident that it pleased him she should be the playmate of Nature.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Baby Constance was to her a toy, a doll, I was her companion, her playmate.

  • I'll send him to your folks, that you may have him for a playmate.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • Now they are aware of each other, and each keeps an eye on his playmate.

    Herein is Love

    Reuel L. Howe
  • She asked the question as a happy child might ask of its playmate—no hint of danger.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall
  • What a surprise he will be to Loris and how he will enjoy having a playmate!

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith
  • Turning to his playmate, "Come on out, Jack; the gang is waiting."

    Opportunities in Engineering

    Charles M. Horton
British Dictionary definitions for playmate

playmate

/ˈpleɪˌmeɪt/
noun
1.
a friend or partner in play or recreation: childhood playmates
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Word Origin and History for playmate
n.

1640s, "companion, playfellow," from play (v.) + mate (n.). The sexual sense is from 1954 and the launch of "Playboy" magazine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for playmate

playmate

noun

One's companion in the pursuit of pleasure, esp of sexual delight (1970s+)

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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