from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stage-player; an actor.

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

  • n. an actor who travels around the country presenting plays


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  • He knows they believe he is a fake, a charlatan, an imposter, an abandoning hooligan and play-actor posing as a compassionate liberal of the genus Academicus.


  • Has it never occured to any of you that the point about Shakeseare's Richard is that he is a play-actor.

    Smoking Guns and the Morality of Parliamentary Privilege

  • “Look here,” said the fierce republican, with humorous fierceness, “you can be a great writer, but a little play-actor you shall never be,” and he took up his hat and went out.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • “It is my belief,” he said, “that the pretty fellow yonder is some starveling play-actor without a brass farthing to bless himself with.”

    Eve and David

  • “Yes,” said the town-clerk, “it is very like the letter of a mad strolling play-actor, who deserves to be hanged with all the rest of his gang, as your honour justly observes.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • And part of him was still puzzling over the question of Devlin Gereton, why he would be receiving information from a play-actor, and what that information could be.

    Exile's Valor

  • Why, at this completely inappropriate moment, when he was stooping over her shoe, should she be so tormented with sympathy for him that, as she stooped too, the blood rushed to her face, and, thinking of her callousness (she had called him a play-actor) she felt her eyes swell and tingle with tears?

    To the Lighthouse

  • "Bah, where's your spirit, play-actor?" he jeered.

    Royal Flash

  • "Close thing that time, play-actor," says he, pausing to brush the hair out of his eyes.

    Royal Flash

  • From being the prince I was become play-actor Flashy again.

    Royal Flash


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