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

Definition of impish

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web When Godard and his peers began to make their own films, the world was able to see their vibrant, impish, polemical ideas about film put into action. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2022 In this version, directed by Zambello and Brenna Corner, Mowgli, the feral boy raised by a pack of wolves, is a girl (the sweet-voiced, impish Lily Grady). New York Times, 19 Aug. 2022 In the first three half-hour episodes sent to critics, Little Demon can be wobbly in balancing its impish sense of humor and squishy sense of heart, its otherworldly shenanigans and its more grounded emotions. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Aug. 2022 Among them sat Maksym Kryshtafor, an 8-year-old Ukrainian boy with freckles and an impish smile, who navigated his pieces across the board with intense focus. Megan Specia,, 13 Aug. 2022 With his infectious enthusiasm and impish smile, Price seems a natural choice. New York Times, 31 July 2022 By the 1970s, this charmer with the impish smile had been driving a taxi in Washington for more than three decades. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 Goncalves is an excellent anchor, combining the impish pique of a kid with a sense of how to deliver a punchline that belies her youth. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 22 June 2022 While politicized coffee klatch shows like The View continue to cycle through hosts and heart-healing former daytime deity Oprah Winfrey has long since moved on to larger TV mogul ventures, Ellen remained a stalwart hour for impish escapism. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of impish

1652, in the meaning defined above

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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

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Nglish: Translation of impish for Spanish Speakers


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