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.

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Infinity War was the moment Tony Stark went from billionaire, playboy, genius, and philanthropist into, well, dad. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 Even now, the twists and turns in this story of a woman who teams up with a worldly playboy to solve her husband’s murder will keep you guessing until the very end. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "40 Classic Movies You Should See If You Love Rom-Coms," 2 Feb. 2017 Its self-destructive love triangle consists of Ippei, a wealthy middle-aged playboy; Yūko, his bored and neglected wife; and Kōji, a hot-blooded student who becomes Yūko’s lover and her instrument for marital vengeance. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Union of Death and Desire," 22 Nov. 2018 Daniels's story, however salacious, would have likely paled in comparison and merely reinforced the playboy image Trump once cultivated. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Stormy Daniels is proving to be a bigger problem than Trump could have imagined," 9 May 2018 Dodi had a reputation as a wealthy playboy who wanted to be famous. Olivia Blair, Town & Country, "Dodi Al Fayed: Who Was Princess Diana's Boyfriend?," 27 July 2017 In truth, these Drakes are the same: the agoniste, the uncertain playboy, the tortured boy king. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "For the First Time, Drake Runs From His Feelings," 2 July 2018 Most found the thirty-five-year-old playboy irresistible. Tara Knight, The Root, "Beyond the Blue," 13 May 2018 Khan may have spent his earlier years carousing with supermodels under the paparazzi glare of London’s nightclubs, but the debonair playboy has had to grow up. Time, "Cricket Hero Imran Khan Led Pakistan's Team to Victory. As a Politician, He's Riding a Populist Wave," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of playboy

1829, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of playboy

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

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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