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 playful (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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Recent Examples on the Web But where there's makeup-busting weather, there's a plethora of lightweight and long-lasting formulaic solutions — ones that come in all the playful and bright shades that #VaxxedGirlSummer is begging for. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 14 June 2021 Myles Loftin is an artist, a storyteller and creative collaborator based in Brooklyn and is known for a playful and intimate sensibility as well as a desire to show up for underrepresented and misrepresented groups. New York Times, 9 June 2021 The Kids Creative Studio was inspired by the recent launch of LEGO® VIDIYO™—a playful and innovative music video maker experience designed to celebrate and expand kids’ creativity and passion for music. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 31 May 2021 Its one of those rare spaces that manages to be both playful and soothing. Ann Abel, Forbes, 27 May 2021 It’s totally not surprising to see Gaga’s casual wear just as playful and bold as her red carpet or stage fashions. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 26 May 2021 But researchers have found that crows are not only playful and mischievous but also intelligent. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Deeply embedded with a playful and sunny Southern California leisure lifestyle, Disneyland for locals is a habitual, cross-generational hangout — as much a tradition as baseball‘s opening day or a hike to the Hollywood sign. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 Darius Garland -- typically lighthearted, playful and goofy -- looked stoically into the camera and spoke in a solemn tone. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 18 Apr. 2021

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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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“Playful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/playful. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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