playful

[ pley-fuh l ]
/ ˈpleɪ fəl /

adjective

full of play or fun; sportive; frolicsome.
pleasantly humorous or jesting: a playful remark.

Nearby words

  1. played out,
  2. player,
  3. player character,
  4. player piano,
  5. playfellow,
  6. playfully,
  7. playgirl,
  8. playgoer,
  9. playground,
  10. playgroup

Origin of playful

First recorded in 1200–50, playful is from the Middle English word pleiful. See play, -ful

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British Dictionary definitions for playfulness

playful

/ (ˈpleɪfʊl) /

adjective

full of high spirits and funa playful kitten
good-natured and humorousa playful remark
Derived Formsplayfully, adverbplayfulness, noun

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Word Origin and History for playfulness

playful

adj.

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

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