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παίζω παῖς

I.properly, to play like a child, to sport, play, Od., Hdt., etc. dance, Od., Pind.:—so in Mid., Hes. play [a game], σφαίρηι π. to play at ball, Od.; also, π. σφαῖραν Plut. play (on an instrument), Hhymn. sport, play, jest, joke, Hdt., Xen., etc.; π. πρός τινα to make sport of one, mock him, Eur.; π. εἴς τι to jest upon a thing, Plat.: the part. παίζων is used absol. in jest, jestingly, id=Plat.:—Pass., λόγος πέπαισται is jocularly told, Hdt.; ταῦτα πεπαίσθω ὑμῖν enough of jest, Plat.
2.c. acc. to play with, Anth., Luc.

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