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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Logically, each side should feel comfortable letting loose with a little playful trash talk. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Different Brands of Skepticism Jim Harbaugh and Herm Edwards Face in 2018," 14 Feb. 2018 In a back hallway of Aim High Sports on Tuesday night, Xavier Tillman and Nick Ward let their one-on-one competition on the court during the Moneyball Pro-Am Summer League spill over into a playful debate. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Can Michigan State's Xavier Tillman, Nick Ward stay on floor together?," 12 July 2018 Back in 2015, a playful George stuck his tongue out while watching the Trooping the Colour parade from a Buckingham Palace window. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Had the Best Time Watching the RAF Flyover From a Palace Window," 10 July 2018 Alien Swirling Saucers Brace yourself for out-of-this-world thrills, because the Aliens have powered up their flying saucers! Alien Swirling Saucers immerses guests in the playful world of Andy’s imagination. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Everything you need to know about Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios," 29 June 2018 The playful banter was rooted in confidence and comfort, symptomatic of a club that seems to be self-assured in its identity and hitting its stride even while still emerging from a rough patch. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC keeps passing the tests in its U.S. Open Cup run," 21 June 2018 His parents remain Blues fans, which has created some playful rooting tension at home. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "From Southlake to the NHL: A local hockey prospect hopes to make that a reality this week," 21 June 2018 Andrew — who is three years Austin’s senior — and ended their conversation with a playful punch to the chest. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Mariners’ Andrew Romine playfully punched Yankees catcher (his brother) before at-bat," 21 June 2018 The main stage was surrounded by miniature ones set up in alcoves, each presenting a playful vignette for a different video creator. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Instagram Is Adding Hour-Long Videos to Take on YouTube," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of playful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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