1. full of fun and high spirits
; - Example: "playful children just let loose from school"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Playful \Play"ful\, a.
Sportive; gamboling; frolicsome; indulging a sportive fancy;
humorous; merry; as, a playful child; a playful writer. --
Play"ful*ly, adv. -- Play"ful*ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: full of fun and high spirits; "playful children just let
loose from school" [ant: serious, sober, unplayful]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
71 Moby Thesaurus words for "playful":
animated, antic, arch, blithe, capersome, cheerful, coltish,
dashing, devilish, elfish, elvish, exuberant, facetious, foolish,
frisky, frolicsome, full of beans, full of mischief, fun-loving,
gamesome, gay, gleeful, hearty, high-spirited, hilarious, humorous,
impish, jesting, jocund, joking, jolly, jovial, kittenish, knavish,
larking, larkish, lighthearted, lively, merry, mirthful,
mischief-loving, mischievous, pixie, pixieish, pixilated, prankish,
pranksome, pranky, puckish, roguish, rollicking, rollicksome,
rompish, scampish, scapegrace, skittish, spirited, sportful,
sportive, sprightly, teasing, trickish, tricksy, tricky, vital,
vivacious, waggish, whimsical, wicked, zestful, zippy