Which preposition to use with playful

as Occurrences 9%

Fear, everywhere fear, of Naturethe spotted panther as some one calls her, as fair as cruel, as playful as treacherous.

in Occurrences 4%

Both were playful in manner, but melancholy by constitution, and in each there lurked an unsuspected sadness; both had tenderness in their mirth, and mirth in their tenderness; and both were born punsters, with more meaning in their puns than met the ear, and constantly bringing into sudden and surprising revelation the wonderful mysteries of words.

with Occurrences 2%

Notwithstanding his weight of character, he was so playful with the children, that his visits were always hailed by them, as delightful opportunities for fun and frolic.

on Occurrences 2%

It was a fine farce, and the Froments were delighted at showing themselves so playful on that warm May morning.

than Occurrences 2%

As patient under injury As any Christian saint of old, As gentle as a lamb with me, But with your brothers bold; More playful than a frolic boy, More watchful than a sentinel, By day and night your constant joy To guard and please me well.

like Occurrences 1%

I know that I have never forgotten my one miserable year with Jenkins, and I have been a sober, thoughtful dog in consequence of it, and not playful like some dogs who have never known what it is to be really unhappy.

to Occurrences 1%

It cannot be Mrs. Huntley, who is right under his nose, and who is, indeed, saying something playful to him over the top of her black fan.

of Occurrences 1%

He capered through, cutting and playful of bow, the melody of Dvorak's, which is as ironic as a grinning mask.

under Occurrences 1%

When she came round to me she'd only smile and touch me playful under the chin; and that made the sixpenny seats say, ''Ow womanly!'

Which preposition to use with  playful