play with - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyplay with
he/she/itplays with
present participleplaying with
past tenseplayed with
past participleplayed with
  1. 1
    play with something to keep touching something, especially because you are bored

    Stop playing with your hair!

  2. 2
    play with something if you play with words or ideas, you use them in a clever and funny way
  3. 3
    play with yourself informal to masturbate
See also main entry: play