a companion, especially of a child, in play or recreation.
Informal. a social companion or lover; girlfriend or boyfriend: He showed up at the nightclub with his new playmate.

Origin of playmate

First recorded in 1635–45; play + mate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for playmate

friend, buddy, chum, comrade, neighbor, pal

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a friend or partner in play or recreationchildhood playmates
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Word Origin and History for playmate

1640s, "companion, playfellow," from play (v.) + mate (n.). The sexual sense is from 1954 and the launch of "Playboy" magazine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper