from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something to play with; a toy.
- n. One treated as a toy: a plaything of fate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thing or person intended for playing with.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A thing to play with; a toy; anything that serves to amuse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A toy; anything that serves to amuse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an artifact designed to be played with
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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!
He said court rules and proceedings as well as the dignity of the court could not be turned into a "plaything" simply to be used by political parties.
Darwinism, which seemed so important to his fellows, was only the same kind of plaything of the mind as the creation in six days.
The three spent an hour discussing the new "plaything," as Mr. Norwood insisted upon calling it.
The Piazza itself, (which is situated in the centre of the city, just beyond the Pantheon,) and all the adjacent streets, are lined with booths covered with every kind of plaything for children.
Nobody cares much for that kind of plaything at close range.
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.
The word, "plaything," was almost the only word they could understand.
The telephone had now become a kind of plaything, and Hillard often found him in front of it, patiently waiting for the bell to ring.