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: frolicsome, playful
: ardent, wanton
: of or relating to sports and especially field sports
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antic, coltish, elfish, fay, frisky, frolicsome, larky, playful, rollicking, sportful
earnest, serious-minded, sober, sobersided
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1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
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