Definition of horseplay
: rough or boisterous play
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 of horseplay from the Web
Defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs said the state can't prove that the horseplay of the boys, ages 17 and 15, that sparked a fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park caused the deadly wildfires in Gatlinburg, Tenn., five days later.
Defense attorney Gregory P. Isaacs, at a news conference Friday, said the state can’t prove that the horseplay of the boys sparked a fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that caused the deadly wildfires in Gatlinburg five days later.
Roser was watching the horseplay when the hammer struck him, Uhlir said; the weight barely missed another volunteer and, after striking Roser, continued on to hit another young man in the head, causing minor injuries.
Spanier, who denies any wrongdoing, has said Curley and Schultz characterized the 2001 incident in the shower as horseplay and not any form of child abuse.
Malcolm P. Smith, Paris, Ky. RE: THE ETHICIST Kwame Anthony Appiah counseled a letter writer who was unsure how to handle her daughter’s discomfort with her father’s horseplay.
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First Known Use of horseplay
HORSEPLAY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of horseplay for English Language Learners
: rough or loud play : energetic and noisy playful activity
HORSEPLAY Defined for Kids
Definition of horseplay for Students
: rough play
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