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[pley-fuh l] /ˈpleɪ fəl/
full of play or fun; sportive; frolicsome.
pleasantly humorous or jesting:
a playful remark.
Origin of playful
First recorded in 1200-50, playful is from the Middle English word pleiful. See play, -ful
Related forms
playfully, adverb
playfulness, noun
half-playful, adjective
half-playfully, adverb
half-playfulness, noun
unplayful, adjective
unplayfully, adverb Unabridged
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  • "I don't need any help, mamma," added Christy playfully, as he rose from the sofa.

    A Victorious Union Oliver Optic
  • Stilling took her by the arms and swung her playfully about so that she faced the lamplight.

    The Choice Edith Wharton
  • But these altered circumstances bring about what you have so often playfully wished.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I was often asked, playfully, "What impression does it make on you?"

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2) Edmondo de Amicis
  • And here the stalwart young blond Samson playfully interposed.

    From Pillar to Post John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for playfully


full of high spirits and fun: a playful kitten
good-natured and humorous: a playful remark
Derived Forms
playfully, adverb
playfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for playfully



mid-13c., from play (v.) + -ful. Related: Playfully; playfulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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