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1. playful

adjective. ['ˈpleɪfəl'] full of fun and high spirits.

Synonyms

  • impish
  • frisky
  • mocking
  • frolicky
  • puckish
  • sportive
  • playfulness
  • mischievous
  • wicked
  • elfin
  • arch
  • coltish
  • kittenish
  • rollicking
  • implike
  • devilish
  • pixilated
  • prankish
  • teasing
  • fun
  • frolicsome
  • elfish
  • roguish
  • rascally
  • quizzical

Antonyms

  • respectful
  • seriousness
  • gravity
  • harmless

Etymology

  • pleiful (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Playful

  • apfel
  • apocryphal
  • awful
  • awful
  • baffle
  • baleful
  • bashful
  • beautiful
  • biffle
  • blissful
  • boastful
  • bountiful
  • bountiful
  • careful
  • cheerful
  • coffel
  • colorful
  • cranfill
  • deceitful
  • deceitful

Example sentences of the word playful


1. Adjective
Put your arm around her and stroke her arm, or give her a playful pat.

2. Noun, singular or mass
Patterned floor tile adds a playful and colorful touch to this otherwise all-white bathroom.

Quotes containing the word playful


1. One question about a joke is, how well is the strangeness of the situation resolved? At 'The New Yorker', we retain a lot of incongruity, tapping the playful part of the mind - Monty Python-type stuff. We also try to use humor as a vehicle for communicating ideas. Not editorial comment, but observation.
- Robert Mankoff

2. American art in general... takes to surreal exaggerations and metaphors; but its Puritan work ethic has little use for the playful self-indulgence behind Parisian Surrealism.
- John Updike

3. I have a very dark sense of humor. I swear. I have a very playful relationship with Jesus.
- Anne Lamott

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