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playfully in a gently humorous manner; not seriously.
playgirl a wealthy girl or woman who spends her time pursuing social and sensual pleasures.
playgoer one who often attends theatrical performances.
playground an outdoor area where children can play, often containing recreational equipment such as swings and seesaws. [2 definitions]
play havoc with to destroy. [2 definitions]
play hob with to treat or trick mischievously.
playhouse a theater where plays are performed. [3 definitions]
playing card one of a set of usu. fifty-two cards that are divided into four suits of spades, clubs, hearts, and diamonds, and are used in playing various games.
playing field an area, often groomed and marked, on which field games are played.
play it by ear to act without planning in advance; improvise.
play it safe to act so as to prevent or avoid misfortune or danger; be cautious.
playlet a short play or drama; skit.
playlist a selection of audio or visual tapes played by a radio or television station.
playmate a young child's companion in playing.
playoff in sports, final or extra games or rounds to settle a tie or decide a championship.
play one's cards to make and carry out the most advantageous choice.
play on words a pun, or an act or instance of punning.
play out to develop and progress to conclusion; proceed. [3 definitions]
playpen a small, usu. portable enclosure where a baby or young child can play safely.
play possum (informal) to pretend to be asleep or dead; keep very still.
playroom a room set aside for recreation.