espièglerie

noun

es·​piè·​gle·​rie e-spye-glə-ˈrē How to pronounce espièglerie (audio)
: the quality or state of being roguish or frolicsome

Examples of espièglerie in a Sentence

a delightful young woman whose espièglerie and sophisticated wit make her a favorite party guest a femme fatale with a penchant for sophisticated espièglerie that men found irresistible

Word History

Etymology

French, from espiègle

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of espièglerie was in 1815

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Cite this Entry

“Espièglerie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/espi%C3%A8glerie. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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