waggish

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adjective wag·gish \ˈwa-gish\

Definition of waggish

  1. 1 :  resembling or characteristic of a wag a waggish friend a waggish prose style

  2. 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

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."

1589

First Known Use of waggish

1589


WAGGISH Defined for English Language Learners

waggish

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adjective wag·gish \ˈwa-gish\

Definition of waggish for English Language Learners

  • : silly and playful


WAGGISH Defined for Kids

waggish

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adjective wag·gish \ˈwa-gish\

Definition of waggish for Students

  1. :  showing or done in a spirit of harmless mischief



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