waggish

adjective wag·gish \ ˈwa-gish \

Definition of waggish

1 : resembling or characteristic of a wag
  • a waggish friend
  • a waggish prose style
2 : done or made in waggery or for sport : humorous
  • waggish spoofs of popular songs

waggishly

adverb

waggishness

noun

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Examples of waggish in a Sentence

  1. a waggish disposition that often got him into trouble as a child

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The Dark History of waggish

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

1589


WAGGISH Defined for English Language Learners

waggish

adjective

Definition of waggish for English Language Learners

  • : silly and playful


WAGGISH Defined for Kids

waggish

adjective wag·gish \ ˈwa-gish \

Definition of waggish for Students

: showing or done in a spirit of harmless mischief


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