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[pley-fuh l]
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  1. full of play or fun; sportive; frolicsome.
  2. pleasantly humorous or jesting: a playful remark.
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Origin of playful

First recorded in 1200–50, playful is from the Middle English word pleiful. See play, -ful
Related formsplay·ful·ly, adverbplay·ful·ness, nounhalf-play·ful, adjectivehalf-play·ful·ly, adverbhalf-play·ful·ness, nounun·play·ful, adjectiveun·play·ful·ly, adverb
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  1. full of high spirits and funa playful kitten
  2. good-natured and humorousa playful remark
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Derived Formsplayfully, adverbplayfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for playful


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

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