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Examples of waggish in a Sentence
a waggish disposition that often got him into trouble as a child
Recent Examples of waggish from the Web
BETHPAGE, N.Y. — It's been a decade since Kevin James and Leah Remini played pugnacious partners on CBS' The King of Queens, but their waggish rankling never stopped.
Not specifically based on Che Guevara, Richard Bermudez’s Che is a waggish yet mild-mannered gadfly, a cynical, harshly critical observer of the Perón regime.
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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
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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