impish

adjective
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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This has happened on three occasions over the span of just a few days, each case captured on video — expressions either of impish seasonal boredom or deeper, more meaningful antagonisms. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Eric Garner, Soaked Officers and the Tilted Scales of Justice," 25 July 2019 As the town rabble-rouser Jean-Michel, Jomar Martinez makes a strong impression and reveals a fresh, impish side to his character. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: ‘Cinderella’ gets a make-over worth seeing," 25 July 2019 Then the scene closes with a genuinely tender interaction between father and son, one that comes out of nowhere and yet feels, in this context, like a necessary reaction against and counterweight to the impish world Sweeney has created. Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Straight Up': Film Review | Outfest 2019," 23 July 2019 But the real attraction of the book is the author’s impish contradictions. William Easterly, WSJ, "‘The Levelling’ Review: Masters Versus the Masses," 17 June 2019 This week, the charmingly blunt John Baglio on Friday and the impish Sam Ike on Satuday. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 4 July 2019 Clearly the ever-impish and self-aware McNally was acknowledging his own mortality. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Terrence McNally's lifetime award speech at the Tonys was ignored — but it was the most important of the night," 12 June 2019 Fans of the real-deal Chucky movies, with their cheerfully low-rent effects and bawdy, impish humor, may well regard this slick new offering as a desecration masquerading as an upgrade. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Controversial ‘Child’s Play’ remake is creepy fun before it malfunctions," 20 June 2019 Fans of the real-deal Chucky movies, with their cheerfully low-rent effects and bawdy, impish humor, may well regard this slick new offering as a desecration masquerading as an upgrade. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: The controversy-stirring ‘Child's Play’ remake is creepy fun before it malfunctions," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of impish

1652, in the meaning defined above

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impiousness

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impish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of impish

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

impish

adjective
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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