One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she was in a playful mood’
frisky, jolly, fun-loving, lively, full of fun, high-spirited, spirited, in high spirits, exuberant, perky, skittish, coltish, kittenish
mischievous, impish, devilish, puckish, roguish, rascally, tricksy, prankish
informal full of beans, frolicky
archaic frolicsome, gamesome, sportive
2‘a playful remark’
light-hearted, in fun, in jest, joking, jokey, teasing, humorous, jocular, jesting, good-natured, tongue-in-cheek, facetious, frivolous, flippant, arch, waggish, flirtatious, whimsical
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