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Strong's #3815 - παίζω

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  1. to play like a child
  2. to play, sport, jest
  3. to give way to hilarity, esp. by joking singing, dancing
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 5913 ‑ עָכַס (aw‑kas');  6711 ‑ צָחַק (tsaw‑khak');  7832 ‑ שָׂחַק (saw‑khak');  
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Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


Dor. παίσδω Theoc. 15.42: Lacon. pres. part. gen. pl. fem. παιδδωἇν Ar. Lys. 1313 (lyr.): fut. παιξοῦμαι Syrac. in X. Smp. 9.2, παίξομαι LXX 2 Samuel 6:21, AP 12.46 (Ascl), παίξω ib. 211 (Strat.), Anacreont. 41.8: aor. 1 ἔπαισα Hom. (v. infr.), Ar. Pl. 1055, etc.: pf. πέπαικα Men. 923.3: pf. Pass. πέπαισμαι Hdt. 4.77 (v.l. πέπλασται), Ar. Th. 1227; imper. πεπαίσθω Pl. Euthd. 278d: also aor. ἔπαιξα Crates Com. 23, Ctes. Fr. 29.59, LXX Jd. 16.25, Luc. DDeor. 6.4, etc.: pf. πέπαιχα Plu. Dem. 9: Pass., aor. ἐπαίχθην Id. 2.123f, Hld. 8.6: pf. πέπαιγμαι Epigr.Gr. 979.3 (Philae); inf. πεπαῖχθαι Timarch. ap. Ath. 11.501f; imper. πεπαίχθω Phld. Mus. p.106 K., Fronto Epig.Gr. 5.86: Hom. uses only pres. and impf., and (in Od. 8.251) aor. imper. παίσατε; Trag. only pres.: (παῖς):


1. prop., play like a child, sport, τῇ δέ θ' ἅμα Νύμφαι.. ἀγρονόμοι παίζουσι Od. 6.106, cf. 7.291 (never in Il.), Hdt. 1.114, etc.: metaph., αἰὼν παῖς ἐστὶ παίζων Heraclit. 52.

2. esp. dance, παίσατε Od. 8.251; δῶμα περιστεναχίζετο ποσσὶν ἀνδρῶν παιζόντων 23.147, cf. Hes. Sc. 277; π. τε καὶ χορεύειν Ar. Ra. 409, cf. 390; ἐνόπλια χαλκωθεὶς ἔπαιζεν Pi. O. 13.86: Pass., ἀλλὰ πέπαισται μετρίως ἡμῖν, of the chorus, Ar. Th. 1227.

3. play [a game], σφαίρῃ π. Od. 6.100; κλεψύδρῃ Emp. 100.9; κύβοις ἐπὶ συνθήκαις π. Ctes.l.c.; ἀντ' ἀστραγάλων κονδύλοισι π. Pherecr. 43, cf. Antiph. 92; π. διὰ γραμμῆς (v. γραμμή III. 2); π. πρὸς κότταβον Pl.Com. 46.1; μετά τινων with others, Hdt. 1.114: c. acc. cogn., κότταβον ἀ[]γκύλῃ π. Anacr. 53 (dub.); σφαῖραν Plu. Alex. 73; π. παιδιὰν πρός τινα Ar. Pl. 1055, cf. Pl. Alc. 1.110b; κύνα καὶ πόλιν π., of a game similar to our draughts, Cratin. 56: with Advbs., φαινίνδα π. Antiph. 283, cf. Crates Com. l.c., etc.

4. play on a musical instrument, h.Ap. 206: c. acc., Πὰν ὁ καλαμόφθογγα παίζων Ar. Ra. 230; dance and sing, Pi. O. 1.16.

5. play amorously, πρὸς ἀλλήλους X. Smp. 9.2; μετά τινος LXX Genesis 26:8; of mares, Arist. HA 572a30.

6. hunt, pursue game, π. κατ' ἄλσος S. El. 567.


1. jest, sport, Hdt. 2.28, 5.4, 9.11; opp. σπουδάζω, X. Mem. 4.1.1; opp. σπουδῇ λέγω, Id. Cyr. 8.3.47; παίζετε ταῦτα λέγοντες (opp. σπουδάζετε) Pl. Euthd. 283b; π. καὶ χλευάζειν Ar. Ra. 376; π. καὶ γελᾶν Antiph. 218.4; πῖνε, παῖζε Amphis 8; π. πρός τινα make fun with a person, E. HF 952, cf. Pl. Men. 79a, Men. Pk. 198; π. εἴς τι play with a thing, Pl. Phd. 89b: c. Adj. neut., τοιαῦτα ἔπαιζον σπουδῇ πρὸς ἀλλήλους X. Cyr. 6.1.6: part. παίζων is freq. abs., jestingly, Pl. Tht. 145b, al.; opp. σπουδάζων, Id. Lg. 636c, al.: Pass., ὁ λόγος πέπαισται has been made up as a jest (v.l. for πέπλασται), Hdt. 4.77; ταῦτα πεπαίσθω ὑμῖν enough of jest, Pl. Euthd. 278d, cf. Phdr. 278b, Phld. l.c.; πεπαῖχθαι τὴν λέξιν Timarch. l.c.; τοῦτο τὸ παιζόμενον 'as the joke is', Plu. 2.1090f; τὸ Μενεδήμῳ πεπαιγμένον ib.81e; but οἷα πέπαιγμαι, in act. sense, Epigr.Gr. 979.3 (Philae).

2. c. acc., play with, make sport of, Luc. Nigr. 20, AP 10.64 (Agath.).

3. Gramm., of words played upon or coined for the joke's sake, οἱ κωμῳδοὶ παίζειν εἰώθασι τὰ τοιαῦτα Sch. Ar. Av. 42, cf. 68, etc.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

παίζω; from Homer down; properly, to play like a child; then universally, to play, sport, jest; to give way to hilarity, especially by joking, singing, dancing; so in 1 Corinthians 10:7, after Exodus 32:6 where it stands for צִחֵק, as in Genesis 21:9; Genesis 26:8; Judges 16:25; also in the Sept. for שִׂחַק. (Compare: ἐμπαίζω.)

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(<παῖς ),

[in LXX: Genesis 21:9; Genesis 26:8, Exodus 32:6 (H6711 pi.); and more freq. (Judges 16:25, al.) for (H7832 pi.;]


to play as a child, hence, generally, to play (as with singing and dancing) : 1 Corinthians 10:7 (LXX) (cf. ἐμ -παίζω ).†

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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

";a wintering"; (Acts 27:12) : cf. Syll 342 (= .3 762).16 (A.D. 48) κατὰ τὴν Γαΐου ] Ἀντω ́νίου παραχειμασίαν.


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