Definition of horseplay in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhôrsˌplā/


Rough, boisterous play.
Example sentences
  • There are exceptions to this rule, and even violence intentionally inflicted will not be a criminal offence if it occurs in the course of a lawful activity, such as contact sports, surgical operations, rough horseplay or tattooing.
  • Fourthly, why is rough and undisciplined horseplay, where serious injuries may be sustained by victims whose consent must be seriously in doubt, included in the list of exceptions?
  • Mr Hedley, of Carr Meadow, says he hopes the incident is not treated as merely high jinks or horseplay.
tomfoolery, fooling around, roughhousing, clowning, buffoonery, fun;
pranks, antics, hijinks
informal shenanigans, monkey business

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Syllabification: horse·play

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