Simple Definition of puckish
: having or showing a desire to cause trouble in a playful or harmless way
Examples of puckish in a sentence
He had a puckish smile on his face.
<he takes a puckish delight in teasing her about her love life, or lack thereof>
Did You Know?
We know Puck as "that merry wanderer of the night," the shape-changing, maiden-frightening, mischief-sowing henchman to the king of the fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Bard drew on English folklore in casting his character, but the traditional Puck was more malicious than the Shakespearean imp; he was an evil spirit or demon. In medieval England, this nasty hobgoblin was known as the puke or pouke, names related to the Old Norse pŪki, meaning "devil." But it was the Bard's characterization that stuck, and by the time the adjective puckish started appearing regularly in English texts in the late 1800s the association was one of impishness, not evil.
Origin of puckish
First Known Use: 1874
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