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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Wendigo is an energetic, playful and loving pup who would love to go to an active home. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "A 'laid-back' cat and more up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 5 July 2019 Location: Plains Additional cost: $3 ticket Hang out with orangutans Guests get amazingly close to the playful and curious primates who live at the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "7 up-close animal experiences at the Indianapolis Zoo," 5 July 2019 Seeking a playful and energetic ball of fur that will keep you entertained? Peninsula Humane Society, The Mercury News, "Pet of the week: Timothy," 28 June 2019 Lassai’s aunt, Keisha Dominique remembered her niece as a talented dancer, playful and someone who joked around with people. Olivia Prentzel, nola.com, "Woman booked in connection with fatal shooting of 23-year-old in New Orleans East," 12 June 2019 At one point, one of the pups got extra playful and helped himself to a little under the shirt snuggling action. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Makes Sex Joke About Joe Jonas and Her Boobs During Interview," 8 June 2019 From teasing each other on social media to getting hitched at a last minute Vegas wedding, these two know how to keep things playful and fun. Mekita Rivas, refinery29.com, "Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas Wore Matching Outfits On The Dark Phoenix Red Carpet," 6 June 2019 Timeless refinement has its place, but Kunis has a playful and down to earth side, too. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Mila Kunis’s Audrey Hepburn-Esque New Look Is Just Right," 3 Aug. 2018 Along for the trip is a young American, Dani (Florence Pugh), who has recently endured an unspeakable tragedy and seems doomed to endure another if the rules of genre and the playful, punishing sensibility of her creator are any indication. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: In the unsettling ‘Midsommar,’ the nightmare unfolds in broad daylight," 3 July 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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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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