Usage examples for playful

  1. Now and then a word of greeting or a joyful laugh came from the storm- center, but the playful struggle went on. – Boy Scouts in Mexico; or On Guard with Uncle Sam by G. Harvey Ralphson
  2. Perhaps a mother's anguish adds its woe; The playful pair crowd fondly by thy side; Ah! – Robert Burns by Principal Shairp
  3. There's Playful over- no, she's not;- right in the middle, by heavens! – The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope
  4. I should have preferred waiting for a day or two before relating all I have to tell," he said, " in answer to what you ask, but as you insist upon having it now," with a playful kind of smile, " it would be ill- bred for me to insist that you must wait. – Aylwin by Theodore Watts-Dunton
  5. The laughter never ceased, old folks became playful children once more in presence of the ninety and the eighty- seven years of the bridegroom and the bride. – Fruitfulness Fecondite by Emile Zola
  6. Richard was going to meet her and embrace her in his playful manner. – Bertha Garlan by Arthur Schnitzler
  7. She poked her finger in Patty's dimpled cheek, but she was so roguish and playful, that Patty could not feel annoyed with her. – Patty's Suitors by Carolyn Wells
  8. Mr. Hutton was playful, but determined. – Mortal Coils by Aldous Huxley
  9. A playful child,- so full of life! – The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by Thomas Hood
  10. Whatever it was, Rose and Septimius had no more tender and playful words that day; and Rose soon went to look after her grandmother, and Septimius went and shut himself up in his study, after making an arrangement to meet Rose the next day. – Septimius Felton or, The Elixir of Life by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  11. Pardieu, not so dreadful," he answered, smiling, and striving to give the dispute a playful turn. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  12. Many times had I seen her engaged in some playful conversation with some members of the party; but the moment I appeared on the scene her smile was gone, and, if opportunity occurred, she generally sought occasion to leave. – Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking
  13. Seemingly it was the practice hour for one of the children next door, whose playful voices he had often heard. – Vignettes of Manhattan; Outlines in Local Color by Brander Matthews
  14. What is the mood of the poet,- serious, playful, humorous, calm, exalted? – Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism by F. V. N. Painter
  15. When it was rebuked, or if some one tried to tell them there were no jobs for it, it threw playful stones through the windows. – Youth Challenges by Clarence B Kelland
  16. He talked in a rather forced- playful way, but told two or three good stories; described with vivacity some of the adventures of his youth; spoke of several great men he had met; and in short was all that could be desired in a host. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  17. Actresses are so playful and so silly, aren't they? – The Comedienne by Wladyslaw Reymont
  18. His playful speech was the vehicle of a passionate purpose. – Sydney Smith by George W. E. Russell