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  1. a thing to play with; toy.
  2. a person who is used capriciously and selfishly by another.
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Origin of plaything

First recorded in 1665–75; play + thing1
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  • Of course, you know, a man doesn't tell everyone that he's got a plaything of that sort.

  • She'd been treated like a plaything afore he got her and he treated her that way till he died.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Or if it touches it mustn't be rough, for its plaything will break so easily.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • He had yearned for it, as a child might yearn for a plaything.

  • She is my doll, my baby, my plaything—the creature that keeps me human.

    A Modern Tomboy

    L. T. Meade

British Dictionary definitions for plaything


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


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

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