Definition of playboy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpleɪbɔɪ


  • A wealthy man who spends his time enjoying himself, especially one who behaves irresponsibly or is sexually promiscuous: he isn’t the marrying type, he’s just a playboy [as modifier]: a playboy lifestyle
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    • These are not wealthy playboys indulging a passion for sport; they are hard-headed businessmen who have made their fortunes by turning one sport from hobby to cash machine.
    • He adopted a playboy lifestyle which must have been beyond his wildest dreams when he was growing up.
    • If he is to reach his goals, he can't risk burning himself out, so a playboy lifestyle is out.
    socialite, pleasure seeker, sybarite; ladies' man, womanizer, philanderer, rake, roué; rich man about town
    informal ladykiller, gay dog
    West Indian informal saga boy


early 17th century (in the sense 'boy actor'): from play + boy. The current sense originated in the early 19th century in Irish English.

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