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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Affordability aside, the Maison Mini line is in keeping with the elevated aesthetic of the other brands Maisonette sells, only perhaps more playful. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Maisonette Founders Are Launching a Private Label Collection of Everyday Essentials for Kids," 13 May 2019 Marc Jacobs is the king of playful fashion and his sheer black lace shirtdress proved just as much at the 2012 Met Gala. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and More Met Gala Guests Who’ve Already Mastered Camp on The Red Carpet," 24 Apr. 2019 Braided Hoops A twisted rope style is playful, and makes for great travel jewelry. Will Kahn And Craig Montague, Town & Country, "The Best Gold Hoops for Any Occasion," 3 Apr. 2019 And today, women of all ages who adopt a playful approach to fashion are going clear. Rebecca Malinsky And Lauren Mechling, WSJ, "Would You Carry a Clear Handbag?," 19 Apr. 2018 The exuberant tableau is a testament to the couple’s playful approach. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "With little kids in tow, a South End family wanted space for all-ages socializing at home," 30 Mar. 2018 Universal Standard x Rodarte consists of four pieces that marry playful design with inclusivity: available in sizes 00 through 40, in four different colorways, for under $250. Glamour, "The Brand Known for Wowing on the Red Carpet is Releasing a Collection in Sizes 00 Through 40 and Under $250," 9 Apr. 2019 Instead, the syndicate hired a young artist named Olivia Jaimes (a pseudonym) and gave her the freedom not just to update Nancy for 2018 but to figure out what Bushmiller’s playful style might look like if pulled forward into the present. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Nancy, a 1930s comic strip, was the funniest thing I read in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Hanky Panky: Hanky Panky’s playful underwear styles are up to 65 percent off until Tuesday, September 4. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "80+ Labor Day Sales That Are Definitely Worth Shopping This Year," 28 Aug. 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 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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