Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English plæġ, plega, plæġa, from Proto-West Germanic *plegō.

Alternative formsEdit



pleye (plural pleyes)

  1. Happiness, mirth, jolliness, or gaiety.
  2. Fun, entertainment, recreation:
    1. Youthful play or fun-making.
    2. Festiveness, cavorting, rowdiness.
  3. A codified entertainment activity; a game, especially one representing war.
  4. A entertaining performance or activity:
    1. A play (an acted stage production)
    2. A musical performance; the playing of music
    3. The recital of a narrative or tale.
    4. A gag or prank; a comedic performance, quip or line.
  5. A underhanded or misleading act; a con or illusion.
  6. Foreplay, sexual entertainment, intercourse.
  7. A move or deed; an action or plan.
  8. An event or happening; something that occurs.
  9. War; a battle, fight or conflict.
  10. (rare) Seething, reaching of the boiling point.
Related termsEdit
  • English: play
  • Scots: play
  • Yola: pley

Etymology 2Edit



  1. Alternative form of pleyen (to play)