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horseplay

[hawrs-pley] /ˈhɔrsˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
rough or boisterous play or pranks.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; horse + play
Related forms
horseplayful, adjective
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Examples from the web for horseplay
  • It is all such obvious horseplay, and so obviously a stolen horse.
  • Ingemar and his older brother both mean well, but ordinary horseplay inevitably turns noisy and nasty when she's trying to sleep.
  • It contains little horseplay and much emotional intensity.
  • We did witness a little horseplay between a few of them as they were scavenging for grain.
  • His friends are all-in their horseplay, truthfulness, and risk taking-his constant reality.
  • As more kids flock to shopping centers, walkways get blocked, older customers jostled and strollers overturned amid the horseplay.
  • There will be blood, but there will also be mealtimes, horseplay and video games.
  • There is no longer any horseplay or goofing around at practices.
  • Instruct your children to remain seated while on the bus, and avoid horseplay or being exceptionally noisy.
  • Prohibiting horseplay, scuffling, or other acts that tend to adversely influence safety.
British Dictionary definitions for horseplay

horseplay

/ˈhɔːsˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
rough, boisterous, or rowdy play
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Word Origin and History for horseplay
n.

"rough, excessive play," 1580s, from horse (n.) with its associations of "strong, coarse" + play (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for horseplay

horseplay

noun

Rough and boisterous playing; coarse physical merriment (1589+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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