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 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 But bringing the scene-stealing, impish character to life was worth it, despite the layers of nasty prosthetics. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2021 Mozart was infamous for his impish sense of humor, which is reflected in some of his music. Quora, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Decked out in gemstones, Emhoff dared to be silly, to chance a bit of impish lightness. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of impish

1652, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jun 2021

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“Impish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/impish. Accessed 25 Jun. 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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