Play·ful a. Sportive; gamboling; frolicsome; indulging a sportive fancy; humorous; merry; as, a playful child; a playful writer. -- Play*ful*ly, adv. -- Play*ful*ness, n.
adv : in a playful manner; "she loosened the half-hoop of diamonds
on her left hand third finger and held it out to him