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 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 There is a purist at work here, one who draws the real thing before her, spurning photographic reference unless absolutely necessary; but there is also an impish magician. Julie Zickefoose, WSJ, "‘Unnatural Selection’ Review: A Better Bird, Bit by Bit," 22 Nov. 2018 The image is languorous and impish: Ms. Lang leans her head back onto Ms. Crawford’s breasts, eyes closed, her smile beatific. Penelope Green, New York Times, "K.D. Lang Doesn’t Have to Indulge Your Constant Cravings," 22 Mar. 2018 The cast, however, manages to be delightful-especially an impish Keith Kupferer as Roger. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The members of Support Group for Men don’t get eviscerated, but what does happen isn’t much more edifying," 2 July 2018 The film opens on a note of impish farce, as Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield) shows up for an interview with a counterfeit trophy and a phony employee-of-the-month plaque. New York Times, "Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ but Can I Interest You in a Wild Dystopian Satire?," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of impish

1652, in the meaning defined above

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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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