playful

adjective
play·​ful | \ ˈplā-fəl How to pronounce playful (audio) \

Definition of playful

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

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Other Words from playful

playfully \ ˈplā-​fə-​lē How to pronounce playfully (audio) \ 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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Wes Gordon, Leandra Medine, Selby Drummond, Vanessa Traina, and other guests perused the playful designs, like trippy mushroom bags; coasters in the shape of what looked like Wonder Bread; and adorable leopard belt buckles. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Edie Parker Hosted a Colorful Cocktail Party That Made Guests Forget All About the New York Slush," 13 Feb. 2019 Graphcore also had to create a custom heat sink to keep the processors cool, despite the playful designs. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Graphcore’s new AI chips are the best-looking server processors you’ll never see," 26 Nov. 2018 Vilebrequin Swim Shorts Especially fitting if warm-weather travel is on your calendar, these playful and practical swim trunks from the St. Tropez stalwart are covered in tiny fishes. The Editors, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide," 11 Feb. 2019 Instead of producing the kind of playful and seemingly vaguely perceptive advice known to bring a smile to people’s faces, Reben’s technology turned dark – and undeniably weird. Peter Holley, The Seattle Times, "Roboticist trains AI to tell people their fortunes," 16 Oct. 2018 The clothes are vibrant, elegant and playful, ranging from high-end couture to sassy streetwear. Fox News, "San Francisco museum shows off modern Muslim women's fashion," 21 Sep. 2018 Even some pieces that look playful contain layered meanings. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "At Miami’s Art Fairs, a Somber Mood Sets In," 1 Dec. 2018 For eight summers now, a playful, educational, fun and supportive summer camp has seen its numbers grow and its students and instructors progress, thanks to a unique partnership. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Providence High’s summer acting camp continues to be a big draw," 6 July 2018 For those who want to indulge in luxury ingredients in every bite, this playful take on caviar is a serious dining experience. Las Vegas, Bon Appetit, "Next Level Vegas," 30 Apr. 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 How to pronounce playful (audio) \

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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