impish

adjective

imp·​ish ˈim-pish How to pronounce impish (audio)
: of, relating to, or befitting an imp
especially : mischievous
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 And there is a kind of impish quality to a film like The Guest, but particularly for the role of David. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2024 Paul Reubens, the actor and comedian who created and portrayed the character Pee-wee Herman, who became a fixture of children’s television and movies with his red bow tie and impish antics, died July 30 at a hospital in Los Angeles. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 31 July 2023 Host Nick Offerman brings his usual impish warmth to this Netflix documentary, but the real draw is hearing famous people describe their own journeys (sometimes good, sometimes bad, always memorable) with psychedelic drugs. Chris Snellgrove, EW.com, 2 Apr. 2024 Schiff shucked the microphone and walked off with an impish smile. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 By third grade, the impish Pearson smashes a bully over the head with a bottle. Jonathan Abrams, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2024 Until then, Musk had always had an impish streak in him that eventually became magnified, subsuming the rest of his personality. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 In the years since that encounter, Cartmill and her colleagues have analyzed 75 hours of footage from two zoos of chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas exhibiting similarly impish behavior. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2024 Projection designer Daniel Brodie conjures enchantment with an impish wink, but visually the show is nothing to look at. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of impish was in 1652

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“Impish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impish. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

impish

adjective
imp·​ish ˈim-pish How to pronounce impish (audio)
impishly adverb
impishness noun

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