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Examples of waggish in a sentence
a waggish disposition that often got him into trouble as a child
Did You Know?
One who is waggish acts like a wag. What, then, is a wag? Etymologists think wag probably came from waghalter, a word that was once used for a gallows bird (that is, a person who was going to be, or deserved to be, hanged). Waghalter was apparently shortened to wag and used jokingly or affectionately for mischievous pranksters or youths. Hence a wag is a joker, and waggery is merriment or practical joking. Waggish can describe the prank itself as well as the prankster type; the class clown might be said to have a "waggish disposition" or be prone to "waggish antics."
First Known Use of waggish
WAGGISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of waggish for English Language Learners
: silly and playful
WAGGISH Defined for Kids
Definition of waggish for Students
: showing or done in a spirit of harmless mischief
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