• WordNet 3.6
    • n horseplay rowdy or boisterous play
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Horseplay Rude, boisterous play. "Too much given to horseplay in his raillery."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n horseplay Coarse or rude play.
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In literature:

Horseplay and practical jokes have been tolerated, at various times and places, at weddings.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Only it's got to be played dead serious, no horseplay, kiddin', or rough stuff.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
There is none of the brutal horseplay of home.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
Of course, there was some horseplay in which even Phil Franklin indulged.
"The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
But the spirit of the whole controversy is in fact a spirit of horseplay.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
But the steady concert of the snoring sleepers was unbroken by any horseplay.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
David Griffith, let the child alone; he has not been used to your horseplay.
"The Fairchild Family" by Mary Martha Sherwood
At first Ben, who had taken but little interest in the horseplay just enacted, kept well to the front.
"Dave Porter At Bear Camp" by Edward Stratemeyer
Of course there was a good deal more of horseplay, and it can be surmised that Andy and Randy went in for their full share of it.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
He was a farceur, fond of mystifications, of rough practical jokes, of horseplay.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
The men were packing up the small tent we'd use in the forests, moving around with a good deal of horseplay and a certain brisk bustle.
"The Planet Savers" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Shouting, singing, and indulging in horseplay the savages crowded round, watching the process.
"The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley" by Bertram Mitford
There was none of that good-humoured chaff or horseplay which is supposed to characterise the calling.
"Pharos, The Egyptian" by Guy Newell Boothby
Those left behind were trying to amuse themselves by games and horseplay.
"Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812" by James Barnes
Evidently considering that he had a safe lead the Major cut out the conversation and the horseplay and settled down to par golf.
"Fore!" by Charles Emmett Van Loan
Before this there had been some horseplay when we were crossing the Komatie River.
"The Outspan" by Percy Fitzpatrick
To the Circus at Astley's late, so missed the Grand Equestrian Drama, which vex me not much, for the Acting only Horseplay.
"Manners & Cvftoms of ye Englyfhe" by Richard Doyle
Horseplay is a necessary part of the game.
"An American at Oxford" by John Corbin
On its outer edges there was horseplay.
"Ovington's Bank" by Stanley J. Weyman
The men busied themselves over ropes and fenders, with raucous horseplay.
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn

In news:

Teen Shooting Death Apparent Result Of Horseplay .
Horseplay on the boat leads to reprimands for two CCSO employees.
Giants dismiss tub incident as ' horseplay ,' Randle in new photo.
The fallout from TubGate continued for the Giants Monday, with everyone involved in the Prince Amukamara dunking incident waving it off as " horseplay " and claiming it had already been forgotten.
No busses for horseplay .
Hurricane Harbor training turns to ' horseplay ,' results in injuries.
Several lifeguards participating in a routine training exercise at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor late Thursday were taken to a hospital after they were injured during “inappropriate horseplay ”.
Student Burned During Locker Room Horseplay .
It Was ' Horseplay '.
Teens labeled sex offenders for life after ' horseplay ' incident.
Weatherford says infamous JPP prank video was "simply horseplay ".
Teacher's attorney calls incident on video ' horseplay , not bullying'.
It can't be easy remembering the words to Motley Crue's greatest hits while holding a microphone and scanning one's environment for inappropriate horseplay, but Vince Neil is a seasoned professional, and he can multitask.
Bay City Police: Horseplay at Handy Middle School escalates to whippings.
Obama's recent photobomb isn't the only time politicians have engaged in a little horseplay (or gotten punked) in front of a camera.