[ pley-boi ]
/ ˈpleɪˌbɔɪ /


a man who pursues a life of pleasure without responsibility or attachments, especially one who is of comfortable means.

Origin of playboy

First recorded in 1620–30; play + boy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for playboy


/ (ˈpleɪˌbɔɪ) /


a man, esp one of private means, who devotes himself to the pleasures of nightclubs, expensive holiday resorts, female company, etc
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Word Origin and History for playboy



1829, "wealthy bon vivant," from play (v.) + boy. Fem. equivalent playgirl first recorded 1934. As the name of a U.S. based magazine for men, from December 1953.

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