One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A test in which a product is played, or played with, to assess its quality, safety, or marketability.
with object To test through play the quality, safety, or marketability of (a toy, game, item of sports equipment, etc.); (also) to test through play the quality of (a recording, a musical instrument, etc.).
1940s; earliest use found in Portland (Maine) Sunday Telegram. From play + test<br>1940s; earliest use found in Bridgeport (Connecticut) Sunday Post. Probably from playtest (although this is first attested slightly later).
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