from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Full of fun and high spirits; frolicsome or sportive: a playful kitten.
- adj. Humorous; jesting: "He meant to be conversationally playful but his voice had no tone” ( Saul Bellow).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. liking play, prone to play frequently, such as a child or kitten; rather sportive.
- adj. funny, humorous, jesting, frolicsome.
- adj. fun, recreational, not serious.
- adj. experimental.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Sportive; gamboling; frolicsome; indulging a sportive fancy; humorous; merry
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of play; sportive; frolicsome: frisky: as, a playful child.
- Showing a sportive fancy or sprightly humor; pleasantly jocular: as, a playful remark; a playful style; playful attentions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. full of fun and high spirits
From Middle English pleiful, equivalent to play + -ful. (Wiktionary)