Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Playful; wanton; sportive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Playful; wanton.

Etymologies

From play +‎ -some. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I have heard his brother Edm and M'r Wayte his schoole fellow &c, say that when he was a Boy he was playsome enough: but withall he had even then a contemplative Melancholinesse. he would gett him into a corner, and learne his Lesson by heart presently.

    Characters from 17th Century Histories and Chronicles

  • But his bad fortune so managed it, that there happened to be at the inn at this time four woolcombers of Segovia, and three needlemakers of Cordova, and two neighbours from Seville, all merry fellows, very mischievous and playsome.

    The Junior Classics — Volume 4

  • ‘clamorsome’ (all these still surviving in the North), ‘playsome’

    English Past and Present

  • "The dissatisfied dervise, taking a solitary walk to sooth his disturbed spirits, or cool his heated imagination, observed that the cattle became suddenly and remarkably playsome and lively, after feeding on a certain leaf; judging, by analogy, that the same effect might be produced on

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810

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