imp·​ish | \ ˈim-pish How to pronounce impish (audio) \

Definition of impish

: of, relating to, or befitting an imp especially : mischievous

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Other Words from impish

impishly adverb
impishness noun

Examples of impish in a Sentence

the gang of impish children ran into the street, utterly oblivious to the traffic

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There is a purist at work here, one who draws the real thing before her, spurning photographic reference unless absolutely necessary; but there is also an impish magician. Julie Zickefoose, WSJ, "‘Unnatural Selection’ Review: A Better Bird, Bit by Bit," 22 Nov. 2018 The image is languorous and impish: Ms. Lang leans her head back onto Ms. Crawford’s breasts, eyes closed, her smile beatific. Penelope Green, New York Times, "K.D. Lang Doesn’t Have to Indulge Your Constant Cravings," 22 Mar. 2018 The cast, however, manages to be delightful-especially an impish Keith Kupferer as Roger. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The members of Support Group for Men don’t get eviscerated, but what does happen isn’t much more edifying," 2 July 2018 The film opens on a note of impish farce, as Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield) shows up for an interview with a counterfeit trophy and a phony employee-of-the-month plaque. New York Times, "Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ but Can I Interest You in a Wild Dystopian Satire?," 2 July 2018 Gabriel is played by an impish, energetic actor named João Pedro Zappa, and his girlfriend, Cristina Reis — who meets Gabriel in Dar es Salaam and accompanies him for part of his journey — is played by Caroline Abras, also a professional. Fellipe Barbosa, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Gabriel and the Mountain,’ Recalling a Tragic Adventure," 13 June 2018 Harry seems to be the sort of the impish, favored, grandson. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "After the Royal Wedding, What’s Next for Meghan Markle?," 17 May 2018 And Barinholtz, often too impish for his own good, tamps down his worst impulses to make Hunter more than an anarchic purveyor of one-liners. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Blockers Is an R-Rated Prom-Night Comedy With Heart," 6 Apr. 2018 The ultimate get out of jail free card - terrorising defences with his impish skill, roadrunner legs and lethal R9-esque finishing., "Why Didier Deschamps Is Still a Problem Regardless of Leading France to the World Cup Final," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of impish

1652, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of impish

: having or showing a playful desire to cause trouble : playful and mischievous


imp·​ish | \ ˈim-pish How to pronounce impish (audio) \

Kids Definition of impish

: playful and mischievous an impish glance

Other Words from impish

impishly adverb He grinned impishly.

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