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playful

[pley-fuh l] /ˈpleɪ fəl/
adjective
1.
full of play or fun; sportive; frolicsome.
2.
pleasantly humorous or jesting:
a playful remark.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English pleiful. See play, -ful
Related forms
playfully, adverb
playfulness, noun
half-playful, adjective
half-playfully, adverb
half-playfulness, noun
unplayful, adjective
unplayfully, adverb
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Examples for playfulness
  • One way they accomplish this is to communicate a sense of playfulness or irony.
British Dictionary definitions for playfulness

playful

/ˈpleɪfʊl/
adjective
1.
full of high spirits and fun a playful kitten
2.
good-natured and humorous a playful remark
Derived Forms
playfully, adverb
playfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for playfulness

playful

adj.

mid-13c., from play (v.) + -ful. Related: Playfully; playfulness.

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