Definition of play around (or about) in English:

play around (or about)

phrasal verb

  • 1Behave in a casual, foolish, or irresponsible way.

    ‘you shouldn't play around with a child's future’
    • ‘Everyone knows that when scientists play around with genes, they screw up.’
    • ‘We can't play around with the future of our children.’
    • ‘A lot of Christmas discs play around with the music we've grown to love over the years, but not enough try and make something unique enough to really stand out.’
    • ‘Instead of 64 mb of RAM, I've suddenly got 512 mbs to play around with.’
    • ‘It is no longer possible to play around with identity politics.’
    • ‘These investments of course may yet come good, but I suppose I just don't have that sort of disposable income to play around with.’
    • ‘It's that time of year again when parents are advised to keep a watch on their children to make sure they do not play around with fireworks.’
    • ‘I'm fairly happy with the layout, but I think I might play around with the colour scheme over the next few days.’
    • ‘Back in my days working at the Shake bar me and some of the other workers in the quiet time used to play around with the bottles.’
    • ‘I had quite a full weekend, although most of Saturday was spent playing about with the new DVD player.’
    1. 1.1informal (of a married person) have a love affair.
      • ‘I'm amazed the number of my married women friends who've played away since their fifties.’
      • ‘A one-night stand cost him an estimated stg £100m when his wife, Pamela, found out that he had been playing away from home.’
      • ‘I was married with a little boy by now but my wife fell in love with someone else and I was playing away.’
      • ‘Lowly Wigan's problems mount - they are like the cheating husband who gets his kicks by playing away!’
      • ‘With fame and wealth come more opportunities to play away, but it is selfish to believe that only the players feel lonely.’
      • ‘If you can live with that (and without your current BF when he finds out), play away!’