Meaning of “plaything” in the English Dictionary

"plaything" in British English

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playthingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpleɪ.θɪŋ/ us /ˈpleɪ.θɪŋ/

an object used for pleasure or enjoyment, such as a child's toy:

I keep all the children's playthings in that big cupboard.
"Limousines and yachts are the playthings of the rich," he said dismissively.

someone who is considered or treated without respect and forced to do things for someone else's pleasure or advantage:

These men's magazines just treat women as playthings.

(Definition of “plaything” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plaything" in American English

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playthingnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpleɪˌθɪŋ/

plaything noun [ C ] (TOY)

a child’s toy, or something used like a toy:

Fancy cars were the playthings of the rich.

plaything noun [ C ] (PERSON)

a person who is not treated with care or respect

(Definition of “plaything” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)