from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality or state of being playful; sportiveness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being playful.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a festive merry feeling
  • noun a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement
  • noun activities that are enjoyable or amusing


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  • Be prepared for linguistic diversity, change, playfulness, and creativity wherever you listen and look - on radio and television, in the press, literature, film, pop music, the internet...

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    October 4, 2008