[ pley-fuh l ]
/ ˈpleɪ fəl /


full of play or fun; sportive; frolicsome.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM playful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for playfulness

/ (ˈpleɪfʊl) /


full of high spirits and funa playful kitten
good-natured and humorousa playful remark

Derived forms of playful

playfully, adverbplayfulness, noun
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