play·​boy | \ ˈplā-ˌbȯi How to pronounce playboy (audio) \

Definition of playboy

: a man who lives a life devoted chiefly to the pursuit of pleasure

Examples of playboy in a Sentence

She was dating a rich American playboy who was seeing two other women at the same time.
Recent Examples on the Web There, the seductive figure of Arthur Leander, a playboy actor who dies onstage of a heart attack, bridges far-flung character arcs. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2022 After nine seasons of fighting fires and fighting off woman, Firehouse 51's favorite playboy, Kelly Severide (Taylor Kinney), is ready to settle down. Ew Staff,, 18 Dec. 2021 In 1911, the two retired to Daytona Beach, Florida, and passed the financial reins to their son William, who would soon grow into a profligate playboy. Michael Ames, The New Yorker, 15 Dec. 2021 But behind his image as the playboy of the Western world, as he was called more than once, Mr. Zahedi was central in cementing the power of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. New York Times, 21 Nov. 2021 Jackson McGwire has the accent and the attitude down as a playboy player, while Hayley Sanz radiates smug satisfaction as the terrible ex-girlfriend. Matthew J. Palm,, 15 Oct. 2021 Jeanna de Waal, who stars as a gullible but quick learning Diana, and Roe Hartrampf, who plays a bratty playboy Prince Charles, are more plausible as the mismatched royal couple. Charles Mcnulty Theater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 Messina Denaro, who has a reputation for being a playboy, has been on the run from Italian authorities since 1993. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2021 The princess became romantically involved with Dodi, a film producer who was considered something of a playboy, in the summer of 1997. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 23 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of playboy

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Playboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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: a man who spends most of his time doing things that give him pleasure

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