playful

Definitions

  • Nino sings and plays guitar
    Nino sings and plays guitar
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj playful full of fun and high spirits "playful children just let loose from school"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Piper playing to two dancing sheep Piper playing to two dancing sheep
Greek Girls Playing at Ball Greek Girls Playing at Ball
DRIVER AND BRASSY. STANCE WHEN PLAYING FOR A SLICE DRIVER AND BRASSY. STANCE WHEN PLAYING FOR A SLICE
DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING WHEN PLAYING FOR A SLICE DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING WHEN PLAYING FOR A SLICE
DRIVER AND BRASSY. PLAYING FOR A PULL. STANCE DRIVER AND BRASSY. PLAYING FOR A PULL. STANCE
DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING WHEN PLAYING FOR A PULL DRIVER AND BRASSY. TOP OF THE SWING WHEN PLAYING FOR A PULL
FAULTY PLAY WITH THE CLEEK FAULTY PLAY WITH THE CLEEK
A BURMESE PLAY A BURMESE PLAY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1685, New France used playing cards as currency because of the shortage of coins
    • a Playful Sportive; gamboling; frolicsome; indulging a sportive fancy; humorous; merry; as, a playful child; a playful writer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the United Kingdom, three million people play bingo every year
    • playful Full of play; sportive; frolicsome: frisky: as, a playful child.
    • playful Showing a sportive fancy or sprightly humor; pleasantly jocular: as, a playful remark; a playful style; playful attentions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball
    • adj Playful given to play: sportive
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “My play was a complete success. The audience was a failure.”
  • Billie Jean King
    Billie Jean King
    “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “If all the year were playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to work.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    Thornton%20Wilder
    “A play visibly represents pure existing.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
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    “I played by the rules of politics as I found them.”
  • Ivan Lendl
    Ivan Lendl
    “If I don't practice the way I should, then I won't play the way that I know I can.”

Idioms

Child's play - If something is child's play, it is very easy and simple.
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Clutch play - If an activity is referred to as a clutch play, it means that the activity was the key to the success or failure of the venture. For instance, a clutch play in a baseball game may be striking out a batter with the bases loaded.
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Foul play - If the police suspect foul play, they think a crime was committed.
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Go play in traffic - This is used as a way of telling someone to go away.
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Play ball - If you play ball, you agree to do what someone asks you to do, or to agree to work with someone in order to achieve something together (often negative)
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Play by ear - If you play by ear, you deal with something in an impromptu manner, without guidelines or rules. It refers to playing music without using written notation.
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Play fast and loose - If people play fast and loose, they behave in an irresponsible way and don't respect rules, etc.
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Play for keeps - If you are playing for keeps, you take things very seriously and the outcome is very important to you; it is not a mere game.
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Play for time - If you play for time, you delay something because because you are not ready or need more time to thing about it. Eg. I knew I had to play for time until the police arrived.
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Play hard to get - If someone plays hard to get, they pretend not to be interewsted or attracted by someone, usually to make the other person increase their efforts.
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Play hardball - If someone plays hardball, they are very aggressive in trying to achieve their aim.
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Play havoc - Playing havoc with something is creating disorder and confusion; computer viruses can play havoc with your programs.
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Play hooky - If people play hooky, they don't attend school when they should and don't have a valid reason for their absence.
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Play into someone's hands - If you play into someone's hands, you do what they were expecting you to do and take advantage of this.
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Play it by ear - If you play it by ear, you don't have a plan of action, but decide what to do as events take shape.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. plegan, to play.

Usage

In literature:

The difficulty of the task of the modern editor varies greatly from play to play.
"The Facts About Shakespeare" by William Allan Nielson
Let her play; she'll soon be too old to want to play or to know how.
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
The colored chillen use to play there but I always played with the white chillen.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Under this company's auspices, moreover, Shakespeare's plays first saw the light.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
She plays center on the sophomore team, and she makes some very peculiar plays.
"Marjorie Dean High School Freshman" by Pauline Lester
He played his part as she played hers.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
You wondered how they found any time for play or study.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
And when I played his favorite airs he would call out "Encore," and I would play the piece over again.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
He played end on some Western team when he only weighed one hundred and forty.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
If we ever played ball in our lives, we're going to play it to-day.
"Frank Merriwell's Son" by Burt L. Standish
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In poetry:

Some, for the stormy play
And joy of strife;
And some, to fling away
A weary life;–
"Woman On The Field Of Battle" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
I like little Olga,
Her plays are so warm;
And if I don't see 'em,
They'll do me no harm.
"Footlight Motifs" by Franklin Pierce Adams
I've been a boy myself,
And with boys I play,
But I'm for solemn chat
With the boys today.
"A Chat With the Boys" by Frank Barbour Coffin
I am a sudden shift,
I am playful thunder,
I am a clear brook,
I belong to all and no one.
"" I am the refinement of sluggish Russian speech..."" by Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont
While you are prancing,
Let the fiddler play.
When you're tired of dancing
He may go away.
"The Fiddler" by Robert Fuller Murray
A troubadour he played
Without a castle wall,
Within, a hapless maid
Responded to his call.
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

The defending Super Bowl champions could do it all, ranking first in big-play ability (plays of 20 yards or better).
It will be played on next Thursday's Transmission at 10pm and yes, he does play "She Blinded Me With Science".
As the old saying goes, "you gotta play to win," and right now people have a LOT to play for with the Mega Millions lottery jackpot soaring past the $500 million dollar mark .
Several area golfers made the nearly 5-hour trip to southern West Virginia to play in the same location that the professionals just played a few weeks ago.
Mark Dye/For the Star-Ledger Bruce Springsteen, shown here playing at the Light of Day show in January, played a song with The Gaslight Anthem at Convention Hall in Asbury Park on Friday night.
"Card playing isn't as much about gambling as it is about management," waxes Peggy, who learned early to view card playing as a business.
The New York Giants have totaled an NFL-high 14 rushing plays of 20-plus yards in seven games in 2010 (eight rushing plays of 20-plus yards in 16 games in 2009).
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) flips the ball to second baseman Ian Kinsler (5) to attempt a double play on a fourth inning double play at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Wednesday, September 12, 2012.
Players who love to play the game lost to professionals who are paid to play the game.
If the game cannot be played Friday night it will be played Saturday morning.
While playing the novice and the player who is an expert in cards feel certainty because to play Classic Pai Gow Poker is very simple.
I asked manager Ken Macha this morning about Tony Gwynn Jr not playing in the Brewers' exhibition game yesterday against Arizona, and asked if Gwynn would play today.
When does a play become something more than a play.
Is it just me, or does it bug you when Rampage radio announcer Dan Weiss has to say, "the Venom Energy Power Play" every time he says power play.
Meet America's Youngest Play-by-Play Sports Announcer .
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In science:

These groupoids play the same role an atlas plays in the manifold theory.
Applications of Polyfold Theory I: The Polyfolds of Gromov-Witten Theory
In the first case, in (a) and (b) S0 plays the role of X , −ζ plays the role of Y .
Tail Asymptotic of Sum and Product of Random Variables with Applications in the Theory of Extremes of Conditionally Gaussian Processes
And in (c), their roles are reversed: S0 plays the role of Y , −ζ plays the role of X .
Tail Asymptotic of Sum and Product of Random Variables with Applications in the Theory of Extremes of Conditionally Gaussian Processes
In the second case, S0 plays the role of X , −ζ plays the role of Y .
Tail Asymptotic of Sum and Product of Random Variables with Applications in the Theory of Extremes of Conditionally Gaussian Processes
Using the obvious analogues for random graphs, with β1 playing the role of −βµ and β2 the role of −βa (and therefore positive if and only if the model is ‘attractive’), ψn = ψn (β1 , β2 ) plays the key role of free energy density.
Phase transitions in exponential random graphs
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