plaything

noun play·thing \ ˈplā-ˌthiŋ \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of plaything

1 : toy 1
2 : toy 3

Examples of plaything in a Sentence

  1. VCRs were once the expensive, high-tech playthings of the rich.

  2. We mustn't let the environment become the plaything of oil companies.

  3. The emperor used people as his playthings.

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First Known Use of plaything

circa 1674


PLAYTHING Defined for English Language Learners

plaything

noun

Definition of plaything for English Language Learners

  • : a toy

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


PLAYTHING Defined for Kids

plaything

noun play·thing \ ˈplā-ˌthiŋ \

Definition of plaything for Students

: 1toy 1


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