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play·ful

 (plā′fəl)
adj.
1. Full of fun and high spirits; frolicsome or sportive: a playful kitten.
2. Humorous; jesting: "He meant to be conversationally playful but his voice had no tone" (Saul Bellow).

play′ful·ly adv.
play′ful·ness n.

playful

(ˈpleɪfʊl)
adj
1. full of high spirits and fun: a playful kitten.
2. good-natured and humorous: a playful remark.
ˈplayfully adv
ˈplayfulness n

play•ful

(ˈpleɪ fəl)

adj.
1. full of play or fun; sportive; frolicsome.
2. pleasantly humorous or jesting: a playful remark.
[1200–50]
play′ful•ly, adv.
play′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.playful - full of fun and high spirits; "playful children just let loose from school"
unplayful, sober, serious - completely lacking in playfulness

playful

adjective
1. joking, humorous, jokey, arch, teasing, coy, tongue-in-cheek, jesting, flirtatious, good-natured, roguish, waggish She gave her husband a playful slap.
2. lively, spirited, cheerful, merry, mischievous, joyous, sprightly, vivacious, rollicking, impish, frisky, puckish, coltish, kittenish, frolicsome, ludic (literary), sportive, gay, larkish (informal) They tumbled around like playful children.
lively serious, grave, gloomy, sedate, despondent, morose

playful

adjective
Full of high-spirited fun:
Translations
سَعيد، مَرِحلَعُوبمازِح، غَيْر جَدّي
hravýžertovný
munterlegesyg
leikkisä
אוהב משחקיםמשעשעמשתובבמשתעשעעליז
zaigran
gamansamurgáskafullur
陽気な
재미있는
lekfull
ชอบเล่นสนุกสนาน
neşelioyunbazoyuncuşakacı
hay vui đùa

playful

[ˈpleɪfʊl] ADJ [person] → juguetón; [mood] → alegre; [remark] → dicho en broma, festivo

playful

[ˈpleɪfʊl] adj [person, manner] → enjoué(e); [mood] → enjoué(e); [kiss, slap] → taquin(e), malicieux/euse; [kitten, puppy] → joueur/euse

playful

adjneckisch; remark, smile, look alsoschelmisch; child, animalverspielt, munter; the dog is in a playful mood/just being playfulder Hund will spielen/spielt nur; the boss is in a playful mood todayder Chef ist heute zu Späßen aufgelegt; to do something in a playful wayetw zum Scherz or aus Spaß tun; she gave Philip’s hand a playful squeezesie drückte spielerisch Philips Hand; in a playful tonein einem spielerischen Ton

playful

[ˈpleɪfʊl] adj (child, puppy) → giocherellone/a; (mood, smile, remark) → scherzoso/a

play

(plei) verb
1. to amuse oneself. The child is playing in the garden; He is playing with his toys; The little girl wants to play with her friends.
2. to take part in (games etc). He plays football; He is playing in goal; Here's a pack of cards – who wants to play (with me)?; I'm playing golf with him this evening.
3. to act in a play etc; to act (a character). She's playing Lady Macbeth; The company is playing in London this week.
4. (of a play etc) to be performed. `Oklahoma' is playing at the local theatre.
5. to (be able to) perform on (a musical instrument). She plays the piano; Who was playing the piano this morning?; He plays (the oboe) in an orchestra.
6. (usually with on) to carry out or do (a trick). He played a trick on me.
7. (usually with at) to compete against (someone) in a game etc. I'll play you at tennis.
8. (of light) to pass with a flickering movement. The firelight played across the ceiling.
9. to direct (over or towards something). The firemen played their hoses over the burning house.
10. to put down or produce (a playing-card) as part of a card game. He played the seven of hearts.
noun
1. recreation; amusement. A person must have time for both work and play.
2. an acted story; a drama. Shakespeare wrote many great plays.
3. the playing of a game. At the start of today's play, England was leading India by fifteen runs.
4. freedom of movement (eg in part of a machine).
ˈplayer noun
ˈplayable adjective
(negative unplayable) (of a ground, pitch etc) not good enough for a game to be played on it. Because of the rain the referee decided the ground was not playable.
ˈplayful adjective
1. happy; full of the desire to play. a playful kitten.
2. joking; not serious. a playful remark.
ˈplayfully adverb
ˈplayfulness noun
ˈplayboy noun
a rich man who spends his time and money on pleasure.
ˈplayground noun
an area in which children can play in a park, outside a school etc.
ˈplaying-card noun
one of a pack of cards used in card games.
ˈplaying-field noun
a field which is specially prepared and used for sport.
ˈplaymate noun
a childhood friend.
ˈplaypen noun
a small wooden structure with bars on every side in which a small child can play safely.
ˈplayschool noun
an informal nursery school.
ˈplaything noun
a toy.
ˈplaytime noun
a set time for children to play (at school etc). The children go outside at playtime.
ˈplaywright noun
a person who writes plays. He is a famous playwright.
at play
playing. children at play.
bring/come into play
to (cause to) be used or exercised. The job allowed him to bring all his talents into play.
child's play
something that is very easy. Of course you can do it – it's child's play!
in play, out of play
(of a ball) according to the rules of the game, (not) in a position where it can be hit, kicked etc.
play at
1. to pretend to be etc. The children were playing at cowboys and Indians.
2. used when asking angrily what someone is doing. What does he think he's playing at (=doing)?
play back to play (music, speech etc) on a record or tape after it has just been recorded (noun ˈplay-back)
play down
to try to make (something) appear less important. He played down the fact that he had failed the exam.
play fair
to act honestly and fairly.
play for time
to delay an action, decision etc in the hope that conditions will improve.
play havoc with
to cause a lot of damage to. The storm played havoc with the farmer's crops.
play into someone's hands
to do exactly what an opponent or enemy wants one to do.
play off (in games) to play a final deciding game after a draw (noun ˈplay-off)
play off against
to set (one person) against (another) in order to gain an advantage. He played his father off against his mother to get more pocket money.
play on
to make use of (someone's feelings, fears etc). He played on my sympathy until I lent him $10.
play a/no part in
(not) to be one of the people who are doing (something). He played no part in the robbery.
play safe
to take no risks.
play the game
to act fairly and honestly.
play up
to be troublesome or disobedient. The children are playing up today.

playful

لَعُوب hravý munter verspielt παιχνιδιάρικος juguetón leikkisä joueur zaigran scherzoso 陽気な 재미있는 speels leken figlarny brincalhão шутливый lekfull ชอบเล่นสนุกสนาน oyuncu hay vui đùa 好玩的
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All that pertained to nature was sweet, or simply grand; while those parts which depended on the temper and movements of man were lively and playful.
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For, as when the red-cheeked, dancing girls, April and May, trip home to the wintry, misanthropic woods; even the barest, ruggedest, most thunder-cloven old oak will at least send forth some few green sprouts, to welcome such glad-hearted visitants; so Ahab did, in the end, a little respond to the playful allurings of that girlish air.
The most direful blow from the elephant's trunk were as the playful tap of a fan, compared with the measureless crush and crash of the sperm whale's ponderous flukes, which in repeated instances have one after the other hurled entire boats with all their oars and crews into the air, very much as an Indian juggler tosses his balls.
He turned deadly pale when he saw the writing, but still preserved his composure, and finished the playful warfare of badinage which he was at the moment carrying on with a lady opposite; and, a short time after, was missed from the circle.
Early in the afternoon we overtook another proces- sion of pilgrims; but in this one was no merriment, no jokes, no laughter, no playful ways, nor any happy giddiness, whether of youth or age.
I had not been home a full half-hour, after witnessing those playful sham-duels, when circumstances made it necessary for me to get ready immediately to assist personally at a real one--a duel with no effeminate limitation in the matter of results, but a battle to the death.
They read those playful trifles in the solidest terms, and decided without hesitancy that if there had ever been any doubt that Dave Wilson was a pudd'nhead-- which there hadn't--this revelation removed that doubt for good and all.
He could not meet her in conversation, rational or playful.