Meaning of ludic in English:


Pronunciation /ˈluːdɪk/


  • Showing spontaneous and undirected playfulness.

    ‘As one might expect from this most ludic author, one of the more undeservedly unknown masters of twentieth-century prose, these essays are hardly traditional academic exercises.’
    • ‘Here, the struggle for the privilege to inscribe cultural symbols as either feminine or as masculine - indeed the privilege to inscribe symbols with meaning at all - is cast in a ludic, absurdist light.’
    • ‘Adrian's desperate and pointless shot is a moment of ludic magic, and it will in turn become the material for future stories in which a kind of artistic victory is snatched from gestures of anger and despair.’
    • ‘But the ludic presence of humor also inflects the choice of procedures and devices which hail us with their math or italic geometry.’
    • ‘Above all else, it is an extended, high-spirited, ludic exploration of human language-making.’
    • ‘Code switching, however, is not merely a question of resistance and survival, or for that matter, a ludic activity; it is also a poetics of cultural alterity; its modes of speech are textual.’
    • ‘The first category sanctifies exhortation, rhetorical plainness, unadorned truth-telling; the second blesses ornate, elaborate eloquence, ludic loquaciousness.’
    • ‘Setting the special or particular or quirky against the normative, behind its mask Simmons Hall is a ludic habitat not only for the adventurous, but also for those willing to engage with and participate in this not easy architecture.’
    • ‘The larger challenge is in the longer-term, if not permanent, sitings, where the formal rigor - and essential ludic absurdity - of such an artist's work is tested.’
    • ‘But the point remains the same: their marriage can be made ‘real’ within its community only through a cleansing ritual of innocent or ludic violence.’
    • ‘But it is most sadly provocative for its damning portrait of the fate of the ludic impulse in the Hollywood of the late 40's.’
    • ‘Another way of saying it is that Palermo at his best remained supremely ludic and childlike in his approach to subjects and materials.’
    • ‘What they represent as ludic freedom in fact represents an attempt to get off the point, abandon the development of new products and instead behave in an infantile manner.’
    • ‘However, for all the ludic exuberance of this game, we should also be concerned that, as in any game, we are also likely to see winners and losers.’
    • ‘The acting was mostly old-school, solid as those logs, but unsubtle, more ludicrous than ludic.’
    • ‘Lola's desperate and often ludic attempts to exact revenge on Ricardo and Wendy provide the central narrative impetus.’
    • ‘By showing a girl swinging her yoyo nearby, Brenner adds a ludic touch.’
    • ‘There is frequently something ludic, ironic, provisional, taking place here.’
    • ‘Generally, the ludic possibilities increased the nearer you were to western Europe.’
    • ‘Seldom did his journalist's nose and his artist's eye make for such ludic harmony.’
    playful, fun-loving, light-hearted, skittish, mischievous, roguish, impish, frisky, lively


1940s from French ludique, from Latin ludere ‘to play’, from ludus ‘sport’.