Definition of plaything in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpleɪθɪŋ/


1A toy: the rocking horse has been a favourite child’s plaything for generations
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  • When a battered child looks at his bruises and cries out for help, his favourite plaything - the computer by his bedside - could be his saviour.
  • Americans continue to spend more on imported playthings, though fewer toys and games are being exported from the U.S.
  • By providing shared playthings like building blocks and story books and arranging sing-songs, the organisation is encouraging children to play together as normal and put their strange circumstances out of their minds for awhile.
1.1A person treated as amusing but unimportant by someone else: she was the mistress and plaything of a wealthy businessman
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  • It's easy to treat them as little playthings, forgetting they are highly insightful and sensitive.
  • With Makoto now on the defensive and Inoue treated as a plaything, the entire situation looked grim for the entire village and even bleaker for the two defenders.
  • He loved the matron like no other, but to her, he was a servant, a plaything, to be treated as she pleased, and discarded when she tired of him.

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