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.
Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes a single sort of edible is juxtaposed with an apt plaything, such as bananas piled under a toy gorilla or doughnut holes heaped beneath a miniature police officer. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 10 June 2022 Musk himself will face heat for treating a multibillion-dollar enterprise as a plaything. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 18 May 2022 At $44 billion, Twitter is an extremely expensive plaything. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The images embodied the comic dark side of a young child’s obsessional devotion to a beloved object: When a new plaything appears, the object may be ruthlessly discarded. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Treating Giuliani as a plaything for our culture, albeit one who has made some controversial choices, is not a matter of policy disagreement, or of being a bit too grave about the lighter side of the news. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 20 Apr. 2022 Twitter does not want to become a plaything of the world’s richest person. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Still, Musk would likely accept the headaches as the price of turning the site that has become his favorite hobby into his personal plaything. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Catherine is enchanted by a little girl named Malli (Twinkle Sharma), and claims the child as an amusing plaything to entertain guests in their palatial Delhi home. Joe Leydon, Variety, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Plaything.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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