Definition of horseplay in English:

horseplay

noun

mass noun
  • Rough, boisterous play.

    ‘this ridiculous horseplay has gone far enough’
    • ‘There are excuses: which one of us would happily challenge a group of teenagers - and who is to judge what is horseplay and what is more sinister?’
    • ‘Of course, these insights were only revealed in between the necessary mad, frenetic spurts of brotherly horseplay.’
    • ‘Any horseplay and you'll be back in second-period study hall so fast your head will spin.’
    • ‘Fourthly, why is rough and undisciplined horseplay, where serious injuries may be sustained by victims whose consent must be seriously in doubt, included in the list of exceptions?’
    • ‘When he stands up and defends himself, well, that's when it turns from just some maybe horseplay to the flicking of the arm to the violent confrontation.’
    • ‘The defendants, who had pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment at earlier hearings, have maintained that they were not racially motivated and believed the actions to be horseplay.’
    • ‘Indeed, they are also taking on the role of the uncle or auntie, ticking off youngsters who are indulging in a spot of horseplay in the street.’
    • ‘There are exceptions to this rule, and even violence intentionally inflicted will not be a criminal offence if it occurs in the course of a lawful activity, such as contact sports, surgical operations, rough horseplay or tattooing.’
    • ‘Practical jokes and horseplay frequently resulted in angry altercations between men on the factory floor.’
    • ‘His equally fatigued colleague Park Hong-Seok, however, opted for some horseplay with his three children.’
    • ‘We spent hours at this horseplay in the snow that winter.’
    • ‘Mr Hedley, of Carr Meadow, says he hopes the incident is not treated as merely high jinks or horseplay.’
    • ‘‘The actions are not simple fun and horseplay and can only lead to suffering and perhaps the death of someone in your own community,’ he said.’
    • ‘Children especially need the room to run and play without having to worry about annoying other guests with screams, horseplay and of course, the occasional temper tantrum.’
    • ‘Teachers ‘thought it was horseplay,’ and the boy never told his parents he was being bullied.’
    • ‘Why is horseplay limited to boys in our culture?’
    • ‘Well, Lou, there are about 1,000 images altogether, but we're told that many of them are innocuous, pictures of innocent horseplay and just snapshots.’
    • ‘The scenes of fighting and horseplay among the Montagues and Capulets compelled the story forward, with swords clashing in time to the music.’
    • ‘First Mainline, which runs 670 buses in the district, said that young people had not heeded warnings about horseplay following the death of a 13-year-old boy earlier this year.’
    • ‘Blame, expostulations, recriminations and horseplay - David provides an up-close-and-personal document of the family's most wrenchingly private moments.’
    fooling around, foolish behaviour, clowning, fooling, tomfoolery, buffoonery
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Pronunciation

horseplay

/ˈhɔːspleɪ/