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[pley-meyt] /ˈpleɪˌmeɪt/
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
1635-45; play + mate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Swiftly she sped to the big apple tree where her trystings were held with Rufus, her playmate and lover.

    Idle Hour Stories Eugenia Dunlap Potts
  • If you were telling the story to your playmate would she understand that?

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Poor child, she had never before been separated from her brother, and she had sadly missed her playmate during the past year.

    Walter Harland Harriet S. Caswell
  • We lived the life of two children with Uncle Jesse as a playmate.

  • The captain's motive had nothing in it but kindness, and a laudable desire to do a good turn to a playmate of his boyhood.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Harry was enchanted with a playmate so pretty, so gentle, so near his own age.

    The Girls of St. Olave's Mabel Mackintosh
  • Many a time did the boy return with his playmate to try and get the Talking Dog.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Montlouis led his playmate into a small wine shop near at hand.

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • Remember that my husband was your early friend—your schoolfellow—your playmate.

British Dictionary definitions for playmate


a friend or partner in play or recreation: childhood playmates
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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Slang definitions & phrases for playmate



One's companion in the pursuit of pleasure, esp of sexual delight (1970s+)

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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