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[pley-thing] /ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ/
a thing to play with; toy.
a person who is used capriciously and selfishly by another.
Origin of plaything
1665-75; play + thing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Do you think that I am one to trifle with your heart, or to use it as a plaything for me to triumph by?

    Julian Home Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  • Of course, you know, a man doesn't tell everyone that he's got a plaything of that sort.

  • There was so much difference between their ages that Mat was quite a plaything and pet to his elder brother.

    Lover or Friend Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • 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
  • Tis a plaything costing twenty-five millions, a cage in which several large churches could waltz comfortably.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • He had yearned for it, as a child might yearn for a plaything.

  • She stoops to be the plaything of man, the idol of his vanity, the victim of his lust.

  • The child she had left had been his dear plaything, his consolation.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • In the old days woman and man lived apart—that is, the wife was a plaything or an upper servant.

British Dictionary definitions for plaything


a toy
a person regarded or treated as a toy: he thinks she is just his plaything
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for plaything

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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