playful in an aimless way: the ludic behavior of kittens.
Origin of ludic
1935–40; < Latin lūd- (stem of lūdere to play) + -ic, perhaps via French ludique, learned formation from same components
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Word Origin for ludic
C20: from French ludique, from Latin lūdus game
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"spontaneously playful," 1940, from French ludique, from Latin ludere "to play" (see ludicrous).
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