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 Days of Being Wild follows the meandering loves of a playboy whose adoptive mother won’t tell him who his biological parents are. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, "Wong Kar-wai’s Masterpieces of Political Uncertainty," 2 Dec. 2020 Who is really the fraud, the empty-headed playboy who gets by on connections and unearned income, or the unprivileged striver? Megan O’grady, New York Times, "How ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Foretold Our Era of Grifting," 12 Nov. 2020 Douglass is a playboy dandy flushed with Cognac, nesting on a couch at his Rochester mansion between his Black wife, Anna, and his German mistress, Ottilie. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Mischievous Irreverence of “The Good Lord Bird”," 26 Oct. 2020 The world knows Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn as a playboy who has churned through four wives, lives among lots of women in a German hotel and relishes skimpy crop tops that reveal elaborate temporary tattoos. The Economist, "Thailand’s king seeks to bring back absolute monarchy," 14 Oct. 2020 Hacienda Napoles, a luxurious playboy ranch, with exotic animals. Katey Clifford, cleveland, "‘The Hunt for Escobar’s Hippos’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 26 Aug. 2020 As befitting billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, these are not cheap display pieces with which to imagine the Dark Knight roaming the streets of Gotham City. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Swarovski Will Sell You a Crystal Batmobile for $8900," 13 June 2020 Dozie, who, along with his older brother, Nonso (Enyinna Nwigwe), works for his philandering father, is a bit of a playboy. The New Yorker, "Quarantine Culture Recommendations: Thomas Mann, “The Wedding Party,” and Tracy Chapman," 23 Mar. 2020 What’s more, Diego wasn’t even the biggest playboy in the program. Molly Glick, Popular Science, "Did a high sex drive really save the giant tortoise from extinction?," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of playboy

1829, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2020

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“Playboy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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