adjective lu·dic \ˈlü-dik\

Definition of ludic

  1. :  of, relating to, or characterized by play :  playful ludic behavior a ludic novel

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Did You Know?

Here's a serious word, just for fun. That is to say, it means "fun," but it was created in all seriousness around 1940 by psychologists. They wanted a term to describe what children do, and they came up with "ludic activity." That may seem ludicrous - why not just call it "playing"? - but the word ludic caught on, and it's not all child's play anymore. It can refer to architecture that is playful, narrative that is humorous and even satirical, and literature that is light. "Ludic" is ultimately from the Latin noun ludus, which refers to a whole range of fun things - stage shows, games, sports, even jokes. The more familiar word ludicrous also traces back to the same source.

Origin and Etymology of ludic

French ludique, from Latin ludus

First Known Use: 1940

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