Playfulness is the quality of being fun and lively. Your puppy's playfulness is what makes her so cute, but it can also be a little bit exhausting.

A favorite babysitter might be loved for her playfulness, especially if she's an enthusiastic participant in all kinds of games. In general, kids are known for their playfulness, although plenty of serious adults let their own playfulness come out in certain situations, like parties and holidays and during spirited games of Charades. The adjective playful led to the noun playfulness, and both words have the sense of "full of play."

Definitions of playfulness
  1. noun
    a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement
    “her playfulness surprised me”
    synonyms: fun
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    playful humor
    archness, impertinence, perkiness, pertness, sauciness
    inappropriate playfulness
    friskiness, frolicsomeness, sportiveness
    lively high-spirited playfulness
    impishness, mischievousness, puckishness, whimsicality
    the trait of behaving like an imp
    humor, humour, sense of humor, sense of humour
    the trait of appreciating (and being able to express) the humorous
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    frivolity, frivolousness
    the trait of being frivolous; not serious or sensible
  2. noun
    a festive merry feeling
    synonyms: gaiety
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    feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
  3. noun
    activities that are enjoyable or amusing
    synonyms: fun, merriment
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    diversion, recreation
    an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
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