Definitions for playfulˈpleɪ fəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

play•fulˈpleɪ fəl(adj.)

  1. full of play or fun; sportive; frolicsome.

  2. pleasantly humorous or jesting:

    a playful remark.

Origin of playful:



Princeton's WordNet

  1. playful(adj)

    full of fun and high spirits

    "playful children just let loose from school"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. playful(adjective)ˈpleɪ fəl

    liking to play and have fun

    a playful kitten

  2. playfulˈpleɪ fəl

    ≠ serious

    She gave him a playful grin.; "You never really liked me, did you?" her brother said playfully.


  1. playful(Adjective)

    liking play, prone to play frequently, such as a child or kitten; rather sportive.

    Actually, we are pretty playful in our romantic life.

  2. playful(Adjective)

    funny, humorous, jesting, frolicsome.

  3. playful(Adjective)

    fun, recreational, not serious.

    A brainteaser is a playful puzzle posed as a test of intelligence.

  4. playful(Adjective)


    He was a rather playful artist.

  5. Origin: From pleiful, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Playful(adj)

    sportive; gamboling; frolicsome; indulging a sportive fancy; humorous; merry; as, a playful child; a playful writer

Translations for playful

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


happy; full of the desire to play

a playful kitten.

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