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
Recent Examples on the Web The 25-year-old was an impish presence, darting back and forth between his co-stars, embracing Villeneuve and Ferguson, who plays his on-screen mother, the bad-ass Lady Jessica. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 3 Sep. 2021 By agreeing to stream full episodes exclusively on Spotify, a media behemoth based in Stockholm, Mr. Rogan codified the podcast’s evolution from impish underdog to bankable juggernaut. New York Times, 1 July 2021 In recent years, the screenshot has become an impish instrument of justice, or at the least, a vehicle for scandal. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Back then, Hazel’s eyes had been bright and impish, her wispy white hair neatly pulled back with a shiny red clip. Rachel Heng, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Before long, in his typically allusive and impish style, Hoare has unfurled a whole tapestry of lives connected, however loosely, to Dürer’s work and its themes. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 Growing up in Chicago, Emanuel was impish and funny, but also ready to attack anyone who bullied him, or insulted his brothers, or even picked on a stranger who attracted his sympathy. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 But there is one tech figure who has managed to keep the Chinese public in his thrall, whose mix of impish bomb-throwing and captain-of-industry bravado seems tailor-made for this time of dashed dreams and disillusionment: Elon Musk. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 The Truffle Hunters follows several of the oldest of these men — like Carlo, the impish 88-year-old who sneaks out a window to go truffling, and Aurelio, who is a spry 84. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 3 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of impish

1652, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2021

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“Impish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impish. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for impish

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

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