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

Nearby words

  1. playacting,
  2. playback,
  3. playback head,
  4. playbill,
  5. playbook,
  6. playboy of the western world, the,
  7. playbroker,
  8. playclothes,
  9. playday,
  10. playdown

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



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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