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.
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- noun dated
playmate; companion for someone (especially children) to playwith.
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- 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.
Lavenza became my playfellow, and, as we grew older, my friend.
Yet you must die; you, my playfellow, my companion, my more than sister.
But woman, the comrade and playfellow and joyfellow -- this was what Dede had surprised him in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.