Plaything Play"thing`, n. A thing to play with; a toy; anything that serves to amuse. [1913 Webster]

A child knows his nurse, and by degrees the playthings of a little more advanced age. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • plaything — (n.) 1670s, from PLAY (Cf. play) (v.) + THING (Cf. thing) …   Etymology dictionary

  • plaything — [n] toy amusement, bauble, doll, gadget, game, gimcrack, pastime, trifle, trinket; concept 446 Ant. tool …   New thesaurus

  • plaything — ► NOUN 1) a toy. 2) a person who is treated as amusing but unimportant …   English terms dictionary

  • plaything — [plā′thiŋ΄] n. a thing to play with; toy …   English World dictionary

  • plaything — [[t]ple͟ɪθɪŋ[/t]] playthings 1) N COUNT A plaything is a toy or other object that a child plays with. untidy garden scattered with children s playthings. Syn: toy 2) N COUNT (disapproval) If you say that someone is treating you as a… …   English dictionary

  • plaything — noun (C) 1 a person that you treat like a toy, using them only for your own amusement and not caring about them: I m not just your plaything, you know. | Humanity has become the plaything of scientists, engineers and planners. 2 formal a toy …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • plaything — UK [ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ] / US noun [countable] Word forms plaything : singular plaything plural playthings 1) someone or something that you are only interested in when you want pleasure or entertainment and do not care about the rest of the time 2) formal… …   English dictionary

  • plaything — /ˈpleɪθɪŋ / (say plaything) noun 1. a thing to play with; a toy. 2. a person used without consideration for the gratification of another …   Australian English dictionary

  • plaything —   Mea pā ani, milimili.    ♦ A water plaything, kō ie ie …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • plaything — noun Date: 1675 1. toy 3 2. toy 5 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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