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Examples of puckish in a Sentence
He had a puckish smile on his face.
he takes a puckish delight in teasing her about her love life, or lack thereof
Recent Examples of puckish from the Web
The author displays an engaging, puckish sense of humor.
Little, a 32-year-old attorney who became Lakeville’s youngest mayor when he was elected to that position in 2012, has a puckish personality.
Someone took a picture of him, puckish grin on grizzled face, leaning on the railing, with Streep tilting her head toward him, sorority-girl-like, the blue fibreglass whale hovering in the background.
Piñeiro keeps the action swinging freely between New York and Buenos Aires with bold subplots and puckish flashbacks, the shimmering mysteries of tenuous friendships and the breathless melodrama of family secrets.
During the Supreme Court confirmation proceedings for Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, Mr. Kennedy seemed to rankle some Republicans by sporadically venturing off message, including a puckish question about whether the judge had ever been to Russia.
The thin, white-haired Dimon, who was alternately puckish and poker-faced, stood to hear an hour-long litany of exhortations from mostly liberal interest groups holding shareholder proxies.
However, in 1930, the puckish Austrian theorist Wolfgang Pauli solved the problem more simply.
The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens provides a puckish alternative: the Caan Film Festival.
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Did You Know?
We know Puck as "that merry wanderer of the night," the shape-changing, maiden-frightening, mischief-sowing henchman to the king of the fairies in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Bard drew on English folklore in casting his character, but the traditional Puck was more malicious than the Shakespearean imp; he was an evil spirit or demon. In medieval England, this nasty hobgoblin was known as the puke or pouke, names related to the Old Norse pŪki, meaning "devil." But it was the Bard's characterization that stuck, and by the time the adjective puckish started appearing regularly in English texts in the late 1800s the association was one of impishness, not evil.
Synonymsarch, devilish, elvish, espiègle, impish, knavish, leprechaunish, pixie (also pixy), pixieish, prankish, mischievous, rascally, roguish, scampish, sly, tricksy, waggish, wicked
Related Wordsantic, coltish, coy, frisky, frolicsome, kittenish, playful, sportful, sportive; gay, happy, lighthearted, whimsical; energetic, lively, spirited, sprightly; artful, crafty, cunning, trickish, tricky, wily; misbehaving, naughty, troublemaking; pestering, riling, teasing
Near Antonymsgrave, grim, sedate, sober, solemn, staid, stern
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