Definition of playfulness in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpleɪfʊlnəs//ˈpleɪf(ə)lnəs/


mass noun
  • The quality of being light-hearted or full of fun.

    ‘images of childlike innocence and playfulness’
    ‘her work displays a playfulness and sense of humour’
    • ‘A tornado of energy, she pushes a vision that varies from minimalist, quasi-architectural purity to funky playfulness.’
    • ‘Such playfulness, of course, belies more serious meanings.’
    • ‘Impressively, this analytical procedure does nothing to diminish the vitality and playfulness evidenced by the singing colors of his paintings.’
    • ‘Forget about the semiotics of the workforce—these juveniles are walking emblems of cultural playfulness.’
    • ‘Unlike so many practitioners of institutional critique, he often imbued his projects with a sense of playfulness.’
    • ‘He has a sense of playfulness here that you rarely get in his films anymore.’
    • ‘Her work remains sensitively attuned to women's issues, but retains an element of playfulness alongside its edginess.’
    • ‘At first glance, the cabin recalls a child's clubhouse, or an actualized cartoon dwelling that mixes playfulness with a foreboding creepiness.’
    • ‘They signal a new sense of abandon in her sculpture, a playfulness distilled less from nature than from experience.’
    • ‘Their falling out is torrid and serious stuff, but the director's sense of playfulness leavens the tone.’