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
TechCrunch agreed to not reveal the co-founders’ name during a discussion to learn what the startup was up to, as they said they wanted to keep the game playful and anonymous for the time being.‘Anonymous’ fintech startup Millions raises $3 million, gives away cash on Twitter | Sarah Perez | February 2, 2021 | TechCrunch
The Washington region was blanketed in snow Sunday during the city’s biggest snowstorm in nearly two years, bringing slick roads and a scenic, playful respite from a pandemic.D.C. area’s biggest snowstorm in two years brings slick roads, but much-needed respite | Katherine Shaver, Emily Davies, Lauren Lumpkin | February 1, 2021 | Washington Post
The Washington Capitals’ depleted bench erupted, enthusiastic hugs and playful pats on the back all around, in the final minute of Tuesday night’s 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.Shorthanded Capitals edge the Islanders on Justin Schultz’s late goal | Samantha Pell | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
The other tracks across the two projects, upbeat and playful, solidify WEEEKLY’s image as a group with refreshing charm.
At first glance, WandaVision is a playful satire of family sitcoms of yesteryear.All the Marvel Clues You Missed in WandaVision's First Two Episodes | Eliana Dockterman | January 15, 2021 | Time
For herself, Ehsan playfully pairs works of art that inspire her with their matching high-fashion looks.She's Got the Look: How Pari Ehsan Marries Fashion and Art | Allison McNearney | August 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Shake It Off” could have been a better song had Swift playfully addressed the criticism.
Despite their sizeable difference in age (he 53, she 25), the two playfully bicker like, well, a couple in an Allen film.Emma Stone and Colin Firth on Woody Allen, Shrinkage, and Live-Texting ‘Bridget Jones’ | Marlow Stern | July 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“Kit has an innate confidence and projects a playfully rebellious nature,” the brand's creative director, Sandra Choi, said.Beyonce Named Most Powerful Celebrity; Kanye West is Back at A.P.C. | The Fashion Beast Team | July 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The nominees for Mr. International Escort 2014 are hugging and playfully kissing — Mr. Chicago and Mr. New York, less playfully.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars | Scott Bixby | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He eyed her artfully, winked playfully, and continued: "You'll like it when you get the modesty out of yourself."The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Mrs. Prentice had implanted a soft little kiss on Jesss forehead and shaken her a little playfully by both shoulders.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Being somewhat annoyed one day by her eagerness, I said playfully, "Go to the kitchen and tell Annie to feed you."
Like parents bringing a dainty to their own son, the wild Maruts play playfully at the sacrifices.Sacred Books of the East | Various
Delia (struggling with some emotion and placing her hand on Belinda's arm, who playfully smacks it).Belinda | A. A. Milne
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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