playful

adjective
play·​ful | \ˈplā-fəl \

Definition of playful 

1 : full of play : frolicsome, sportive a playful kitten

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Other Words from playful

playfully \ˈplā-​fə-​lē \ adverb
playfulness noun

Examples of playful in a Sentence

She's an old dog, but she's still very playful. He had a playful expression on his face. a playful tone of voice You're certainly in a playful mood! She gave him a light playful slap on the knee.
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Recent Examples on the Web

His approach to fashion is both feminine and playful with an everyday edge, perfect for the house of Herrera. Vogue, "Wes Gordon and Lauren Santo Domingo Bring the Cheer Ahead of the Fashion Awards," 10 Dec. 2018 Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are known for their playful antics on The Voice. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Adam Levine Wants Kelly Clarkson to 'Stomach Punch' Blake Shelton on 'The Voice'," 4 Dec. 2018 One day, DelRosario tagged along, and Carey's particular brand of hand lettering—script and print intertwined, playful symbols scattered throughout, laissez-faire letters with a relaxed lean reminiscent of slow Southern afternoons—jumped out at him. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How do you preserve beloved New Orleans folk art? A Web font, of course," 23 Nov. 2018 By incorporating Nom script into playful, abstract artworks and performances, the Zenei group have sparked new interest in study of the form. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Vine's brilliance—short looping videos that lend themselves to playful tomfoolery and significantly less so to fake news, harassment, or the dreaded 'discourse'—was in its simplicity. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The Only Good Part of the Internet Is Coming Back," 8 Nov. 2018 Based on the iconic ballet, the movie is bound to be dramatic, playful, and extremely ornate. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"," 4 Sep. 2018 Thanks to the likes of Harry Styles and Cate Blanchett, playful suiting is having a moment. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Would You Wear a Shorts Suit?," 13 July 2018 Although some people may appear more playful than others, researchers say that we are all wired by evolution to play. Jennifer Wallace, courant.com, "Play Is Important For Adults, Too," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of playful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of playful was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for playful

playful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of playful

: happy and full of energy : eager to play

: showing that you are having fun and not being serious

playful

adjective
play·​ful | \ˈplā-fəl \

Kids Definition of playful

1 : full of energy and a desire for fun a playful kitten

2 : not serious : humorous a playful mood

Other Words from playful

playfully \-​fə-​lē \ adverb
playfulness noun

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