Words related to play

play-bill (n.)

also playbill, 1670s, "placard displayed as an advertisement of a play," giving more or less information about it, from play (n.) in the theatrical sense + bill (n.1).

playbook (n.)

also play-book, 1530s, "book of stage plays," from play (n.) + book (n.). From 1690s as "book containing material for amusement," especially "a picture book for children." Meaning "book of football plays" recorded from 1965.

playfellow (n.)

also play-fellow, "companion in amusements or sports," 1510s, from play (n.) + fellow (n.).

playful (adj.)

"lighthearted, full of play, frolicsome, frisky," early 13c., pleiful, from play (n.) + -ful. Related: Playfully; playfulness.

playhouse (n.)

"theater, house appropriated to dramatic performances," late Old English pleghus; see play (n.) + house (n.).

play-time (n.)

also playtime, 1660s in the recreational sense, from play (n.) + time (n.).

playwright (n.)

"writer or adapter of plays for the stage," 1680s (Ben Jonson used it 1610s as a mock-name), from play (n.) + wright (n.).

screenplay (n.)

"script from which a motion picture is made," 1916, from screen (n.) in the cinematic sense + play (n.).

swordplay (n.)

also sword-play, Old English sweordplege; see sword + play (n.).

airplay (n.)

1950 in the radio sense of "broadcasting time" (of a particular record); see air (n.1) + play.

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