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playful

[pley-fuh l] /ˈpleɪ fəl/
adjective
1.
full of play or fun; sportive; frolicsome.
2.
pleasantly humorous or jesting:
a playful remark.
Origin of playful
1200-1250
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
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Examples from the Web for playfully
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  • "Your right hand is not yours to give," said Hetty, playfully.

  • (advancing to him playfully) A silver penny for your thoughts, uncle.

  • She moved toward him a few steps, playfully, and then halted.

    White Fang Jack London
  • He rose, and coming over to his wife, playfully pinched her cheek.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • She became as rosy as the flowers she carried and tapped him playfully with them.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
British Dictionary definitions for playfully

playful

/ˈpleɪfʊl/
adjective
1.
full of high spirits and fun: a playful kitten
2.
good-natured and humorous: a playful remark
Derived Forms
playfully, adverb
playfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for playfully

playful

adj.

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

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