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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