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 The grieving mother said her baby was loving, playful, and full of life, according to WSTM. Lacrisha Mcallister And Hollie Silverman, CNN, "An 11-month-old baby was killed and two other children hurt after shots were fired into a car in Syracuse, New York," 13 Apr. 2021 Names and logos can be elevated, basic, youthful, playful, bold, etc., so work out what suits your brand. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Expert Tips For Finding The Right Company Name Or Logo," 7 Apr. 2021 He’s loving, playful, loyal and, most of all, happy. Jennifer Kennedy, cleveland, "Like his namesake, Seabiscuit just needed a second chance: Send us your pet rescue stories," 18 Mar. 2021 Palmer told USA TODAY Network reporter Shaylah Brown, Breonna was playful, yet vulnerable — in other words very much like any other young Black woman. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, "Black women journalists discuss Breonna Taylor's portrayal one year after she was killed," 12 Mar. 2021 Bri Emery: Timeless, playful, and then, obviously, sweet! Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Minnie Mouse Is the Design Icon We've Been Sleeping On," 27 Feb. 2021 His is a personality that vibrates and switches — a personality which seems to have been playful, tricky, in the first place. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, "‘The Father’: Anthony Hopkins Shows the Reality of Living With Dementia," 25 Feb. 2021 Expressive, playful, inquisitive and quick-witted, Geminis are up for something lively and fun. Elle Turner, Glamour, "The Best Nail Trend to Try, According to Your Zodiac Sign," 21 Feb. 2021 Plush, puffy and puppety, Toan’s creations look DIY playful but often take on crucial social topics. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "The art of confinement: Six inspired projects by Colorado artists under quarantine," 14 June 2020

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Playful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/playful. Accessed 7 May. 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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