waggery

noun
wag·​gery | \ ˈwa-gə-rē How to pronounce waggery (audio) \
plural waggeries

Definition of waggery

1 : mischievous merriment : pleasantry
2 : jest especially : practical joke

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Examples of waggery in a Sentence

tossing lighted firecrackers around is not the kind of harmless waggery that it might seem Will Rogers' homespun waggeries struck a chord with audiences during the Great Depression.
Recent Examples on the Web To ask you to step into the parlor was Maggie’s favorite waggery, the divisions of her cabin being purely imaginary. Gertrude A. Zerr, Harper's magazine, 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of waggery

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of waggery was in 1594

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“Waggery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waggery. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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