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
It was hardly a match of love, but at first there were signs of a certain playful, affectionate behaviour between them.
Isuppose you can take pleasant macro shots which decontextualize commonplace objects in playful and startling ways without even leaving the house.
SIXIXIS is a group of English designers exploring the creative possibilities of bent wood in playful products ranging from chairs to coat-hangers.
And I hate that at 15 there are no more hugs and kisses freely given, unless you mask them in playful stealth.
Vinegar gets added to stage wine, in playful vengeance, with predictable consequences.
… Japan is rich enough, bored enough with national ambition, strait-jacketed enough, and gloomy enough to find immense attraction in playful escapism and quirky obsession.
When you mentioned playful rather than experimental I thought this sounds good – playful is much more optimistic, but I stopped reading not even halfway through to get to your commentary.
We had a long conversation before we figured out he was sending more content than I was receiving - where I was responding to the (null) in playful ways, and he was getting more and more confused, but he was able to tell me "things in quotes" which felt very meta, and I felt more and more like we were part of a surrealist work.
Others however consider the name playful and harmless or fun and funky.
Here, in playful effigy on the second floor landing of the Covent Garden Market, were the "Black Hearts of Bali".