Definitions

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  • noun Work that is very easy or enjoyable.
  • noun UK A branch of childcare involving the supervision and development of play.

Etymologies

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From play +‎ work.

Examples

  • This exhibits itself not in plotting or playwork proper, but in style and in versification (the redundant syllable predominating, and every now and then the verse slipping away altogether into the strange medley between verse and prose, which we shall find so frequent in the next and last period), and also in the characters.

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

  • BUT you're gonna have another species who will inevitably survive, and that will be the tribal people, who don't have to worry about leisure because when you drop out then the real playwork begins.

    Information Liberation

  • It's playwork mending for him compared with the other boys. "

    The Fortunes of the Farrells

  • "Very likely, Peter," replied O'Brien; "but we are at no playwork now; and what reads amazing prettily, is no joke in reality.

    Peter Simple; and, The Three Cutters, Vol. 1-2

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