rough or boisterous play or pranks.

Origin of horseplay

First recorded in 1580–90; horse + play
Related formshorse·play·ful, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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rough, boisterous, or rowdy play
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Word Origin and History for horseplay

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

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