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play·thing

 (plā′thĭng′)
n.
1. Something to play with; a toy.
2. One treated as a toy: a plaything of fate.

plaything

(ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ)
n
1. a toy
2. a person regarded or treated as a toy: he thinks she is just his plaything.

play•thing

(ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ)

n.
1. a thing to play with; toy.
2. a person who is used capriciously and selfishly by another.
[1665–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plaything - an artifact designed to be played withplaything - an artifact designed to be played with
artefact, artifact - a man-made object taken as a whole
ball - a spherical object used as a plaything; "he played with his rubber ball in the bathtub"
balloon - small thin inflatable rubber bag with narrow neck
cockhorse - anything used as a toy horse (such as a rocking horse or one knee of an adult)
doll, dolly - a small replica of a person; used as a toy
dollhouse, doll's house - a small model of a house used as a toy by children
Frisbee - a light, plastic disk about 10 inches in diameter; propelled with a flip of the wrist for recreation or competition
rocking horse, hobby, hobbyhorse - a child's plaything consisting of an imitation horse mounted on rockers; the child straddles it and pretends to ride
hula-hoop - plaything consisting of a tubular plastic hoop for swinging around the hips
jack-in-the-box - plaything consisting of a toy clown that jumps out of a box when the lid is opened
jungle gym - a structure of vertical and horizontal rods where children can climb and play
jumping jack - plaything consisting of a toy figure with movable joints that can be made to dance by pulling strings
kaleidoscope - an optical toy in a tube; it produces symmetrical patterns as bits of colored glass are reflected by mirrors
kite - plaything consisting of a light frame covered with tissue paper; flown in wind at end of a string
Lego, Lego set - (trademark) a child's plastic construction set for making mechanical models
Meccano, Meccano set - a child's construction set for making mechanical models
pea shooter - a straight narrow tube through which pellets (as dried peas) can be blown at a target
pinata - plaything consisting of a container filled with toys and candy; suspended from a height for blindfolded children to break with sticks
pinwheel wind collector, pinwheel - a toy consisting of vanes of colored paper or plastic that is pinned to a stick and spins when it is pointed into the wind
playhouse, wendy house - plaything consisting of a small model of a house that children can play inside of
pogo stick - plaything consisting of a pole with foot rests and a strong spring; propelled by jumping
popgun - plaything consisting of a toy gun that makes a popping sound
rattle - a baby's toy that makes percussive noises when shaken
sandpile, sandpit, sandbox - a plaything consisting of a pile of sand or a box filled with sand for children to play in
dandle board, seesaw, teeter, teeterboard, teetertotter, teeter-totter, tilting board - a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
playground slide, sliding board, slide - plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide
catapult, slingshot, sling - a plaything consisting of a Y-shaped stick with elastic between the arms; used to propel small stones
stick horse - a child's plaything consisting on an imitation horse's head on one end of a stick
swing - mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
teddy, teddy bear - plaything consisting of a child's toy bear (usually plush and stuffed with soft materials)
spinning top, teetotum, whirligig, top - a conical child's plaything tapering to a steel point on which it can be made to spin; "he got a bright red top and string for his birthday"
train set - a toy consisting of small models of railroad trains and the track for them to run on
squirt gun, squirter, water gun, water pistol - plaything consisting of a toy pistol that squirts water
yo-yo - a toy consisting of a spool that is reeled up and down on a string by motions of the hand

plaything

noun toy, amusement, game, pastime, trifle, trinket, bauble, gimcrack, gewgaw an untidy garden scattered with children's playthings

plaything

noun
An object for children to play with:
Translations
دُمْيَه
hračka
et stykke legetøj
játékszer
leikfang

plaything

[ˈpleɪθɪŋ] N (lit, fig) → juguete m

plaything

[ˈpleɪθɪŋ] n (lit, fig)jouet m

plaything

[ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ] n (also) (fig) → giocattolo

play

(plei) verb
1. to amuse oneself. The child is playing in the garden; He is playing with his toys; The little girl wants to play with her friends.
2. to take part in (games etc). He plays football; He is playing in goal; Here's a pack of cards – who wants to play (with me)?; I'm playing golf with him this evening.
3. to act in a play etc; to act (a character). She's playing Lady Macbeth; The company is playing in London this week.
4. (of a play etc) to be performed. `Oklahoma' is playing at the local theatre.
5. to (be able to) perform on (a musical instrument). She plays the piano; Who was playing the piano this morning?; He plays (the oboe) in an orchestra.
6. (usually with on) to carry out or do (a trick). He played a trick on me.
7. (usually with at) to compete against (someone) in a game etc. I'll play you at tennis.
8. (of light) to pass with a flickering movement. The firelight played across the ceiling.
9. to direct (over or towards something). The firemen played their hoses over the burning house.
10. to put down or produce (a playing-card) as part of a card game. He played the seven of hearts.
noun
1. recreation; amusement. A person must have time for both work and play.
2. an acted story; a drama. Shakespeare wrote many great plays.
3. the playing of a game. At the start of today's play, England was leading India by fifteen runs.
4. freedom of movement (eg in part of a machine).
ˈplayer noun
ˈplayable adjective
(negative unplayable) (of a ground, pitch etc) not good enough for a game to be played on it. Because of the rain the referee decided the ground was not playable.
ˈplayful adjective
1. happy; full of the desire to play. a playful kitten.
2. joking; not serious. a playful remark.
ˈplayfully adverb
ˈplayfulness noun
ˈplayboy noun
a rich man who spends his time and money on pleasure.
ˈplayground noun
an area in which children can play in a park, outside a school etc.
ˈplaying-card noun
one of a pack of cards used in card games.
ˈplaying-field noun
a field which is specially prepared and used for sport.
ˈplaymate noun
a childhood friend.
ˈplaypen noun
a small wooden structure with bars on every side in which a small child can play safely.
ˈplayschool noun
an informal nursery school.
ˈplaything noun
a toy.
ˈplaytime noun
a set time for children to play (at school etc). The children go outside at playtime.
ˈplaywright noun
a person who writes plays. He is a famous playwright.
at play
playing. children at play.
bring/come into play
to (cause to) be used or exercised. The job allowed him to bring all his talents into play.
child's play
something that is very easy. Of course you can do it – it's child's play!
in play, out of play
(of a ball) according to the rules of the game, (not) in a position where it can be hit, kicked etc.
play at
1. to pretend to be etc. The children were playing at cowboys and Indians.
2. used when asking angrily what someone is doing. What does he think he's playing at (=doing)?
play back to play (music, speech etc) on a record or tape after it has just been recorded (noun ˈplay-back)
play down
to try to make (something) appear less important. He played down the fact that he had failed the exam.
play fair
to act honestly and fairly.
play for time
to delay an action, decision etc in the hope that conditions will improve.
play havoc with
to cause a lot of damage to. The storm played havoc with the farmer's crops.
play into someone's hands
to do exactly what an opponent or enemy wants one to do.
play off (in games) to play a final deciding game after a draw (noun ˈplay-off)
play off against
to set (one person) against (another) in order to gain an advantage. He played his father off against his mother to get more pocket money.
play on
to make use of (someone's feelings, fears etc). He played on my sympathy until I lent him $10.
play a/no part in
(not) to be one of the people who are doing (something). He played no part in the robbery.
play safe
to take no risks.
play the game
to act fairly and honestly.
play up
to be troublesome or disobedient. The children are playing up today.
References in classic literature ?
An instrument of thy body is also thy little sagacity, my brother, which thou callest "spirit"--a little instrument and plaything of thy big sagacity.
babies' plaything of haughty Admirals, and Commodores, and Captains; the world brags of thee, of thy cunning and might; but what after all canst thou do, but tell the poor, pitiful point, where thou thyself happenest to be on this wide planet, and the hand that holds thee: no
Come; explain to me quickly what is the meaning of this little whirligig, so delicately wrought that it might be a plaything for Queen Mab.
It was thus in his power - and, as he was of grateful temper, it was among the things that he desired - to put John in the way of growing rich; and thus, without thought or industry, or so much as even understanding the game at which he played, but by simply buying and selling what he was told to buy and sell, that plaything of fortune was presently at the head of between eleven and twelve thousand pounds, or, as he reckoned it, of upward of sixty thousand dollars.
Around and over it whirled, this way and that, and a few moments later the chicken-coop dropped far away into the sea, where the big waves caught it and slid it up-hill to a foaming crest and then down-hill into a deep valley, as if it were nothing more than a plaything to keep them amused.
Thou could'st not prize the rose and the nightingale, but thou wast ready to kiss the swineherd for the sake of a trumpery plaything.
I was their plaything and their idol, and something better--their child, the innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven, whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery, according as they fulfilled their duties towards me.
It was, that Dora seemed by one consent to be regarded like a pretty toy or plaything.
This lady, having gathered, from George's conversation, that he was from Kentucky, seemed evidently disposed to cultivate his acquaintance; in which design she was seconded by the graces of her little girl, who was about as pretty a plaything as ever diverted the weariness of a fortnight's trip on a steamboat.
While she was thus running on, a violent knocking at the door interrupted their conversation, and prevented her from proceeding further, or from receiving any answer; for, as she concluded this was a visitor to Mr Allworthy, she hastily retired, taking with her her little girl, whose eyes were all over blubbered at the melancholy news she heard of Jones, who used to call her his little wife, and not only gave her many playthings, but spent whole hours in playing with her himself.
I like to buy them playthings better than what they need.
There were many other playthings on the table on which they were being set out, but the nicest of all was a pretty little castle made of cardboard, with windows through which you could see into the rooms.