American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Rowdy or rough play.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Coarse or rude play.
- n. Rough or rowdy play that can often result in unintentional physical harm.
- v. To engage in horseplay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Rude, boisterous play.
- n. rowdy or boisterous play
- A compound of horse + play, possibly from observation of boisterous horses playing. (Wiktionary)
“While it's often used as a substitute for the term "horseplay", meaning rough-and-tumble behavior, it's also used as a euphemism for play with sexual connotations, due in part to the”
“BROWN: Well, there was also some -- what ` s called horseplay in the workplace according to her lawyer where some people were slapping each other on their rear ends.”
“Balfour's injury was the result of what manager Joe Maddon described as horseplay between the reliever and pitching coach Jim Hickey.”
“After the brother, 20-year-old Franklin S. Emilcar, came to the door with a. 38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, the two engaged in what Shaw described as horseplay, joking and wrestling over the gun until it fired.”
“BLOOMINGTON -- A 16-year-old Bloomington boy remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday night after being run over by a van during what police described as horseplay with friends Monday in the Oâ€ ™ Neil Park parking lot.”
“The incident, while distressing, could also be defined as horseplay and the remedy taken on the plane treated it exactly as that," Leedy told the judge, arguing the charges should be dropped.”
“A training video declares that "horseplay" is absolutely prohibited.”
“Thats News: Could 'horseplay' solve family problems?”
“Barry, a salesman for Clear Channel's WKRC-AM, says he was hurt Jan. 6 during "horseplay" with Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham, a longtime friend.”
“In the English universities we have no trace of the "jocund advent" during the medieval period, but it is impossible to doubt that this kind of horseplay existed at Oxford and Cambridge.”
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