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


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From Middle English pleiful, equivalent to play +‎ -ful.



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