1. playful or frolicsome; jesting, jocose, or merry.
2. done in sport, rather than in earnest
4. Biology. mutative.
5. Archaic. ardent; wanton.
"'She wants this boy to go and play there. And of course he's going. And he had better play there,' said my sister, shaking her head at me as an encouragement to be extremely light and sportive, 'or I'll work him.'"
- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations