Definition of playful in English:


Syllabification: play·ful
Pronunciation: /ˈplāfəl


1Fond of games and amusement; lighthearted: a playful tomboy who loves to dress up
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  • They were, however, playful; their main game was to run beak to tail round a tree in a circle.
  • The two began rolling around the on the floor, giggles and laughter escaping their lips as the playful game continued.
  • The conversation with your spouse turns very lighthearted and playful as you discuss the events of the day.
frisky, jolly, lively, full of fun, frolicsome, sportive, high-spirited, exuberant, perky;
mischievous, impish, clownish, kittenish, rascally, tricksy
informal full of beans
formal ludic
lighthearted, in jest, joking, jokey, teasing, humorous, jocular, good-natured, tongue-in-cheek, facetious, frivolous, flippant, arch
informal waggish
1.1Intended for one’s own or others' amusement rather than seriously: he gave me a playful punch on the arm
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  • However the whole album is rather playful and inoffensive.
  • It might stem from living life in a playful manner, rather than taking it all too seriously (but that is only a guess).
  • Remain light and playful rather than heavy and serious in personal or professional situations.
1.2Giving or expressing pleasure and amusement: the ballet accents the playful use of movement
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  • Completely useless, then, these objects are meant to be playful and to generate pleasure.
  • The logo has a light titanium outside and a dynamic, playful, vibrant inside, animating through the whole spectrum of colour.
  • One was calm, one vivacious, the other playful and sprightly - all lost in their own world of innocence.



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  • He does it wittily and playfully - occasionally forcefully, sometimes bluntly.
  • For make no mistake, this is no playfully erotic encounter, but the prelude to a death of intense and vengeful cruelty.
  • I laugh and try to bump into him playfully but I don't think he notices.


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  • Andrew still has the playfulness and curiosity of the puppy or child, whereas the other is far better co-ordinated.
  • Unfortunately, says Hardy, most adults lose that childhood playfulness.
  • He's sober and reticent, but not without playfulness and a sense of humour, and he's totally invested in what he does.

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