plaything

[ pley-thing ]
/ ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ /

noun

a thing to play with; toy.
a person who is used capriciously and selfishly by another.

Origin of plaything

First recorded in 1665–75; play + thing1
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British Dictionary definitions for plaything

plaything

/ (ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ) /

noun

a toy
a person regarded or treated as a toyhe thinks she is just his plaything
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Word Origin and History for plaything

plaything


n.

1670s, from play (v.) + thing.

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