playful

play
adjective play·ful \ˈplā-fəl\

Definition of playful

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

  2. 2 :  humorous, jocular

playfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

playfulness

noun

Examples of playful in a Sentence

  1. She's an old dog, but she's still very playful.

  2. He had a playful expression on his face.

  3. a playful tone of voice

  4. You're certainly in a playful mood!

  5. She gave him a light playful slap on the knee.

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First Known Use of playful

13th century


PLAYFUL Defined for English Language Learners

playful

play
adjective

Definition of playful for English Language Learners

  • : happy and full of energy : eager to play

  • : showing that you are having fun and not being serious


PLAYFUL Defined for Kids

playful

play
adjective play·ful \ˈplā-fəl\

Definition of playful for Students

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

  2. 2 :  not serious :  humorous a playful mood

playfully

\-fə-lē\ adverb

playfulness

noun


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