impish

adjective imp·ish \ ˈim-pish \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of impish

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

impishly

adverb

impishness

noun

Examples of impish in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of impish

1652


IMPISH Defined for English Language Learners

impish

adjective

Definition of impish for English Language Learners

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


IMPISH Defined for Kids

impish

adjective imp·ish \ ˈim-pish \

Definition of impish for Students

:playful and mischievous
  • an impish glance

impishly

adverb
  • He grinned impishly.


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