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A person who is competitive and gregarious by nature.

The skill of a playa is measured by the extent of his or her "game." The more "game" a playa has, the more respect they command in their community.

A person who has enough game (and hence, enough respect) can do whatever they want, dress however awful (or tacky) they want, say whatever crazy things they want to say, and still win the adoration of others. Often these skills are used to earn sexual or material favors, although not by necessity.

Playas are mostly motivated by the ego drive that comes with self expression and self manifestation for its own ends. In many ways, playas are trend-setters rather than trend-followers.

Game recognizes game, and a true playa will always give respect to a fellow playa when it is due. People who ignore (read: fail to notice), criticize, or alienate themselves from a playa without just cause is referred to as a "playa hater."
"I only got time for three types of people: pimps, hoes, and playas wearing Now-And-Later gators."
by handle187 October 31, 2003
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A male who uses women for sex or other favors usually by charming the girl till they fall in love with them. A lot of guys do this in order to be a "playa" cuz in our modern society it is(by idiotic dickheads) "cool" and "hip" to be labeled as a "playa". A female version of this would be slut.
also see dumbass.
by sxehoodlum February 23, 2004
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A male or female who is skilled at manipulating ("playing") others, and especially at seducing them by pretending to care about them, when in reality they don't.

AKA: Haley Nance
Haley Nace is such a playa
by Rojrick January 22, 2014
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A Playa can be male or female and by definition be good at the game they play i.e. playing men or woman to get what they want. The man or woman leads on multiple people of the oppisite sex into thinking there is a long term relationship in proccess, when in reality they are just using them for the beneficial purpose of becoming a legend. Both males and females are capable of becoming a playa whether it be through sex, making out, or just plain old hooking them into a relationship and using them for money or whatever else they might need. Keep in mind a playa does not actually have to be dating someone to be considered a player they must just have you hooked and wanting more(tagged).
Man that bitch was with two other guys while she was leading me on. She is a true playa, too bad she got caught cause damn she was hott.

That dick head was with two other girls while he was leading me on. He is a true playa, too bad he got caught.
by Dezarae March 15, 2005
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Someone that manipulates another person for their own personal benefits.
Dayumm this gurl named Serril is a playa that she was able to cheat on two guys over the interwebs.
by Cat Daddyz November 27, 2011
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plahy-uh - noun. a known love offender, known also as a notorious heartbreaker, one who engages in flirtatious, seductive and/or scandalous liasons of little to no meaning and/or feeling, with the opposite sex.
Example: The guy's been around, he's such a playa
by Daisybaby December 10, 2009
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