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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Recent Examples on the Web

Avoid playful distractions until the weekend comes. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for Aug. 7, 2019: Happy birthday Michael Shannon; Capricorn, Rome wasn’t built in a day," 7 Aug. 2019 The tiles are both stark and inviting, grand and playful all at the same time. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "Should the Glen Park BART Station really be on the National Historic registry?," 2 Aug. 2019 Away from the course, Koepka is not afraid to show his playful side. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Brooks Koepka, Seeking a 3rd Straight U.S. Open Title, Could Be the Star Golf Needs," 13 June 2019 But leopard seals frequently show a gentle, playful, almost familial side when spotted by underwater photographers. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "A top Antarctic predator has switched what it eats," 2 May 2019 Her lyrics are often playful, but Lizzo has the musical chops to back them up. oregonlive.com, "Right now Lizzo is everywhere; next week she’ll be at Edgefield," 12 July 2019 The playful and welcoming environment at the third annual Boston Summer Eats kickoff nevertheless carried serious overtones. Alison Kuznitz, BostonGlobe.com, "With school out, summer food program caters to meals for children, teens," 10 July 2019 Then choose a readable typeface that suits your style: pretty or playful, edgy or elegant, casual or corporate. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, "A stationery wardrobe helps your home say hello," 12 June 2019 This group's playful, jokey dynamic will absolutely remind you of Sam Malone and his loyal customers on Cheers in a comfortable, nostalgic way. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "On Abby’s, Natalie Morales Plays a Bar Owner Who Just Happens to Be Bisexual—and That’s the Point," 28 Mar. 2019

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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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