full of play or fun; sportive; frolicsome.
pleasantly humorous or jesting: a playful remark.
- play·ful·ly, adverb
- play·ful·ness, noun
- half-playful, adjective
- half-play·ful·ly, adverb
- half-play·ful·ness, noun
- un·play·ful, adjective
- un·play·ful·ly, adverb
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How to use playful in a sentence
You can really just talk about you’re playful together in this dyad.Forget Everything You Know About Your Dog (Ep. 436) | Stephen J. Dubner | October 22, 2020 | Freakonomics
He is at once ambitious with serious ideas, while maintaining a playful side.To Boldly Go Where No Internet Protocol Has Gone Before | Susan D'Agostino | October 21, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
This month, we celebrate the playful genius of the famous British mathematician with two puzzles and an exploratory game.Celebrating the Playful Magic of John Horton Conway | Pradeep Mutalik | October 15, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
It wasn’t playful but intentional, pointed and meant to be instructive.Rupert Everett reminds us homophobia persists in Hollywood | John Paul King | October 10, 2020 | Washington Blade
It’s this OB-4 “magic radio” from Teenage Engineering, a design group that creates tech with a playful but premium approach.Teenage Engineering’s OB-4 ‘magic radio’ is a weird and beautiful wireless speaker | Devin Coldewey | October 1, 2020 | TechCrunch
playful and gory, the cartoonish paintings of Dee Dee Ramone, bassist for The Ramones, are every bit as shocking as their creator.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings | Melissa Leon | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Highly inquisitive, highly playful, always cheerful,” he recalls.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch | Michael Daly | November 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A study in American military control, a haunting sui generis novel, and a playful new short story collection.
As that clip played, Camille leaned over and gave her husband a playful poke in the ribs.
Their playful exhibitions are often meant to be interactive and instill a childlike sense of joy in the viewer.
They were very playful and inclined to talk—to do anything but lie quiet and go to sleep.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Away in the meadows the lights of his men's torches darted hither and thither like playful jack-o'-lanterns.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Then he said with a playful sadness: "A moment ago you were not completely innocent of irony, were you?"Mrs. Falchion, Complete | Gilbert Parker
Do not be fond of shewing my letter; the playful effusions of friendship would be construed by strangers as gross vanity.Private Letters of Edward Gibbon (1753-1794) Volume 1 (of 2) | Edward Gibbon
I saw Mary Belle transformed from an ordinary playful scamp of a lamb to a primped and perfect darling of the show-ring.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
British Dictionary definitions for playful
full of high spirits and fun: a playful kitten
good-natured and humorous: a playful remark
- playfully, adverb
- playfulness, noun
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