from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A playmate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A companion in amusements or sports.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A companion in amusements or sports; a playmate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dated playmate; companion for someone (especially children) to play with.

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

  • noun a companion at play


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  • We had a Romish chapel, and a Lutheran church in our little village: the priest to whom I confessed, was a man of unaffected piety, fine sense and universal charity: my sweet Agnes, he used to call his playfellow, and seldom took his evening walk without her.

    Agnes De-Courci: a Domestic Tale 1789

  • Lavenza became my playfellow, and, as we grew older, my friend.

    Chapter 1 2010

  • But woman, the comrade and playfellow and joyfellow -- this was what Dede had surprised him in.

    Chapter XV 2010

  • He rushed frantically about, turning and twisting his course, now his nose to the ground, now up in the air, whining as frantically as he rushed, leaping abruptly at right angles as new scents reached him, scurrying here and there and everywhere as if in a game of tag with some invisible playfellow.

    CHAPTER XX 2010

  • She had looked upon him as her playfellow, and for the month he had been her playfellow; but now he was not parting like a playfellow.

    ALOHA OE 2010

  • And now, with this last singing of the song, as the lines were cast off and the big transport began backing slowly out from the dock, she knew that Steve was something more to her than playfellow.

    ALOHA OE 2010

  • Yet you must die; you, my playfellow, my companion, my more than sister.

    Chapter 7 2010

  • She was too gentle to tyrannize over her playfellow, yet she had ruled him abjectly, except when in canoe, or on horse or surf-board, at which times he had taken charge and she had rendered obedience.

    ALOHA OE 2010

  • He was hard favoured, with a scarred and weather-beaten countenance, and an eye that had looked upon death as his playfellow in thirty pitched battles, but which nevertheless expressed a calm contempt of danger, rather than the ferocious courage of a mercenary soldier.

    Quentin Durward 2008

  • And in spite of such pressure as might easily have pushed us apart, even at eleven years old I became like a little husband toward my playfellow.

    Excerpt: The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl 2006


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  • So when I’m killed, don’t mourn for me,

    Shot, poor lad, so bold and young,

    Killed and gone—don’t mourn for me. 15

    On your lips my life is hung:

    O friends and lovers, you can save

    Your playfellow from the grave.

    - Robert Graves, 'When I'm Killed'.

    September 8, 2009