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English definition of “playful”


adjective     /ˈpleɪfəl/
funny and not serious: a playful mood/remark Humour and humorous
playfulness noun [U] playfully adverb
(Definition of playful adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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