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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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Examples from the web for plaything
  • We did not know whether to keep it for a plaything or not.
  • But at that price, the scooter seems doomed to life as a yuppie plaything.
  • The political convention is almost a plaything of television personalities.
  • Ah, you say, but surely they can find a less dangerous plaything.
  • You'd rather be a plaything of a celestial dictator than to be free.
  • As something of a plaything it is luxurious and extremely well kept.
  • But she was also the plaything of powerful emotions.
  • Democracy cannot be a plaything for the capital cities.
  • The company notes that the watch is not a plaything.
  • Fire can be dangerous, it is not a toy or a plaything.
British Dictionary definitions for plaything


a toy
a person regarded or treated as a toy: he thinks she is just his plaything
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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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