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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ludic



literary playful

Word Origin for ludic

C20: from French ludique, from Latin lūdus game
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Word Origin and History for ludic

"spontaneously playful," 1940, from French ludique, from Latin ludere "to play" (see ludicrous).

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