horse·​play | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌplā How to pronounce horseplay (audio) \

Definition of horseplay

: rough or boisterous play

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Examples of horseplay in a Sentence

The lamp got broken when the kids were engaging in a little horseplay. when he saw us spraying each other with the hose instead of washing the car, Dad yelled, “Cut out the horseplay!”
Recent Examples on the Web Four-wheel drive is, of course, standard, and this rugged pickup is approved for off-road horseplay with Jeep's Trail Rated badge. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2021 Jeep Gladiator Pickup's New Texas Trail Model Is Exclusively for Texans," 12 Apr. 2021 Hines showed that these girls tend to engage in play behavior seen relatively more often in boys, such as horseplay. Grace Huckins, Scientific American, "Hormone Levels Are Being Used to Discriminate against Female Athletes," 1 Feb. 2021 Spanier has said the abuse of the boy, who has not been conclusively identified by authorities, was characterized as horseplay. Mark Scolforo, Star Tribune, "Prosecutors ask judge to order Graham Spanier report to jail," 13 Jan. 2021 That would be Tim Seder, the guy who wouldn’t let a little horseplay get in the way of a Cowboys’ win. Kristi Scales, Dallas News, "Greg Zuerlein’s misses changed the course of Cowboys-Ravens, but it’s not the most eventful kicking night in team history," 9 Dec. 2020 Spanier, 72, has said the abuse of the boy, who has not been conclusively identified by authorities, was characterized to him as horseplay. Mark Scolforo, Star Tribune, "Ex-Penn St. president's Sandusky-related conviction restored," 1 Dec. 2020 They are no longer divided by litter and now wear muzzles to protect their thin skin from horseplay souvenirs. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, "Shades of Grey," 31 Oct. 2020 Owen and Jay's irresponsible horseplay during lockdown triggers the school's zero-tolerance disciplinary procedures, which disproportionately affect Black and Brown students. Kristen Baldwin,, "Netflix's teen drama Grand Army is grim to a fault: Review," 7 Oct. 2020 Beyond giving service, Ford trucks have been involved in all manner of shenanigans and horseplay, too. Maxwell B. Mortimer, Car and Driver, "See Some of the Ford F-150's Craziest Stunts and Maneuvers," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of horseplay

1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of horseplay was in 1589

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23 Apr 2021

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“Horseplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of horseplay

: rough or loud play : energetic and noisy playful activity


horse·​play | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌplā How to pronounce horseplay (audio) \

Kids Definition of horseplay

: rough play

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