play around

Definition of play around

  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 around. —often + on She's been playing around on her husband. —often + with She's been playing around 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 around. —often + with You can't play around 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 around and get busy. —often + on I spent the evening playing around on the piano/computer/Internet. —often + with I'm not really a painter; I just like to play around with paints.

  4. 4 :  to move or change something or to think about something in different ways often in order to find out what would work best —+ with I see you've been playing around with the living room furniture again. The supervisor played around with our work schedules this week. We played around with the idea for a while but eventually realized that it just wouldn't work.

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

  1. :  in a circle or in circumference

    :  in, along, or through a circuit

    :  on all or various sides :  in every or any direction

  1. :  on all sides of

    :  so as to encircle or enclose

    :  so as to avoid or get past :  on or to another side of

  1. :  about

    :  being in existence, evidence, or circulation

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