horseplay

[hawrs-pley]

noun

rough or boisterous play or pranks.

Origin of horseplay

First recorded in 1580–90; horse + play
Related formshorse·play·ful, adjective
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horseplay

noun

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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