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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Anonymity is just a temporary (and dangerous) plaything. Washington Post, "‘The Masked Singer’ lets us work out our national anxieties about who’s who and what’s true," 18 Dec. 2019 America’s great universities, having become playthings of progressives, are now targeted by populists. George Will, National Review, "College Diversity Tinkering Creates a Tangled Web," 9 Oct. 2019 That's because retailers will mark down these playthings starting the week of Christmas. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Here's what to avoid buying on Black Friday," 28 Nov. 2019 Visiting tots are greeted with a shelf full of toys and books to keep them occupied, or can head down the hall to a lounge area with a sofa and more playthings. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Ariel Okin and Maisonette Created an Office Designed for Kids," 22 Oct. 2019 America’s great universities, having become playthings of progressives, are now targeted by populists. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: College diversity tinkering: What a tangled web," 10 Oct. 2019 Cars for all At the beginning of the 20th century cars were a plaything of the rich, out of the reach of the average person. Laurie Wright, Quartz, "Job automation could help us fight climate change—but only if we do it right," 8 Oct. 2019 Do sports cars like the GT500 become strictly track time playthings? Larry Printz,, "Ford’s most powerful gas-powered Mustang throws down the gauntlet against its electric sibling," 22 Nov. 2019 While other little girls had crayons, dolls and jump ropes, Jasmine Sanders had prestige beauty products as her favorite playthings. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Simple Pleasures," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of plaything

circa 1674, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of plaything was circa 1674

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15 Jan 2020

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“Plaything.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plaything

: a toy
: a person or thing that you treat in a careless way and use for your own amusement or advantage


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