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waggish

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adjective wag·gish \ˈwa-gish\

Simple Definition of waggish

  • : silly and playful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of waggish

  1. 1 :  resembling or characteristic of a wag <a waggish friend> <a waggish prose style>

  2. 2 :  done or made in waggery or for sport :  humorous <waggish spoofs of popular songs>

waggishly adverb
waggishness noun

Examples of waggish in a sentence

  1. <a waggish disposition that often got him into trouble as a child>



Did You Know?

One who is waggish acts like a wag. What, then, is a wag? Etymologists think wag probably came from waghalter, a word that was once used for a "gallows bird" (that is, a person who was going to be, or deserved to be, hanged). Waghalter was apparently shortened to wag and used jokingly or affectionately for mischievous pranksters or youths. Hence a wag is a joker, and waggery is merriment or practical joking. Waggish can describe the prank itself as well as the prankster type; the class clown might be said to have a "waggish disposition" or might be said to be prone to "waggish antics."

1589

First Known Use of waggish

1589

Rhymes with waggish


WAGGISH Defined for Kids

waggish

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adjective wag·gish \ˈwa-gish\

Definition of waggish for Students

  1. :  showing or done in a spirit of harmless mischief





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