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playmate

[pley-meyt]
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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.
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Origin of playmate

First recorded in 1635–45; play + mate1
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playmate

playfellow

noun
  1. a friend or partner in play or recreationchildhood 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.

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