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Definition of "plaything" [play•thing]

  • Something to play with; a toy. (noun)
  • One treated as a toy: a plaything of fate. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "plaything" in a sentence
  • "I could call him a lackey, but the term plaything is even more impersonal."
  • "I should be Don John of Austria's wife to-day -- and then, then his 'toy,' his 'plaything' -- yes, and his slave and his servant -- what you will!"
  • "But the being cherished as a kind of plaything in my room, and the consciousness that this accomplishment of mine was bruited about among the boys, and attracted a good deal of notice to me though I was the youngest there, stimulated me to exertion."