play·​thing ˈplā-ˌthiŋ How to pronounce plaything (audio)

Examples of plaything in a Sentence

VCRs were once the expensive, high-tech playthings of the rich. We mustn't let the environment become the plaything of oil companies. The emperor used people as his playthings.
Recent Examples on the Web But the quest to make these electric aircraft ubiquitous across the globe instead of just playthings for the rich is far from a given. Jamey Jacob, The Conversation, 1 May 2024 Sports teams are supposed to be rich folks’ playthings. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 That’s the sound of a plaything awakening from her perfect plastic universe into a world of human suffering and joy. Ty Burr, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Best Lead Actress — Margot Robbie (Barbie) As the titular Mattel doll, Margot Robbie did the impossible — taking a child’s plaything and making her at turns hilarious, naive, and empathetic. Joey Nolfi,, 23 Jan. 2024 The 21st century has been defined by unexpected shocks—major upheavals that have upended the world many of us have known and made our lives feel like the playthings of chaos. Brian Klaas, The Atlantic, 16 Jan. 2024 Here at the Walker Art Center, a weighty and ambitious exhibition reorients American audiences toward a generation of artists, writers and musicians for whom free expression was no plaything and no luxury. Jason Farago, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2024 To others, the scooters were dangerous playthings that enabled jerks to mow down pedestrians. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023 And that could determine whether this is a truck for regular people or a plaything for the rich. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 29 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of plaything was circa 1674

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“Plaything.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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