play about

Definition of play about


  1. 1 :  to have sex with someone who is not one's husband, wife, or regular partner He's not the kind of guy who plays about. —often + on She's been playing about on her husband. —often + with She's been playing about with one of her coworkers.

  2. 2 :  to deal with or treat something in a careless way When it comes to protecting his family, he doesn't play about. —often + with You can't play about with diabetes; it's a very serious disease.

  3. 3 :  to use or do something in a way that is not very serious It's time to stop playing about and get busy. —often + on I spent the evening playing about on the piano/computer/Internet. —often + with I'm not really a painter; I just like to play about with paints.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  swordplay

    :  game, sport

    :  the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. :  to engage in sport or recreation :  frolic

    :  to have sexual relations

    :  to move aimlessly about :  trifle

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holding stubbornly to a belief or view

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