play at

Definition of play at

  1. 1 :  to do (something) in a way that is not serious They were only playing at trying to fix the problem.

  2. 2 chiefly British :  to play by pretending to be (someone or something) She liked to play at doctors and nurses as a child. —often used in the phrase play at being (something) boys playing at being soldiers

  3. 3 British —used to say in an annoyed way that one does not know the reason for someone's behavior What is he playing at?

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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