from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Rowdy or rough play.

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  • n. Rough or rowdy play that can often result in unintentional physical harm.
  • v. To engage in horseplay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Rude, boisterous play.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Coarse or rude play.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rowdy or boisterous play


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

A compound of horse +‎ play, possibly from observation of boisterous horses playing.


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