impishness


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imp·ish

 (ĭm′pĭsh)
adj.
Of or befitting an imp; mischievous.

imp′ish·ly adv.
imp′ish·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impishness - the trait of behaving like an impimpishness - the trait of behaving like an imp  
playfulness, fun - a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement; "her playfulness surprised me"; "he was fun to be with"

impishness

noun
Annoying yet harmless, usually playful acts:
Informal: shenanigan (often used in plural).
Translations

impishness

n (of remark)Schelmische(s) nt; (of smile, look also)Verschmitztheit f; (of child also)Lausbubenhaftigkeit f
References in classic literature ?
Immediately Tudor's monkey-like impishness left him, and he was once more the cool, self-possessed man of the world.
Bob proved a handful of impishness and contrariety, and he tried out his rider as much as his rider tried him out.
Suitably self-effacing in her body language for most of the performance, Martinez's Mimi has an earthy gravity and anguished sensuality, combined with a sudden impishness that brings Cecilia Bartoli to mind.
I knew Yoda very well,'' muses Lithgow during a phone interview, ``his sort of wisdom, his sort of caginess, impishness.
Bill retains the impishness and exuberance of the Horrible Histories TV series, albeit on a larger canvas and with a vast menagerie of characters including a spear-wielding palace guard with an appreciation for Elizabethan 'choons', and an overly enthusiastic collector of dead bodies.
Described as a "megawatt talent, an extraordinary spirit, an impossibly charming blend of impishness, poise and radiance to spare" the American made it into the top 100.
As Bahari, the Mexican star manages a potent mix of determination and sensitivity, courage and yet clear vulnerability and increasing fear, all tempered with impishness, too.
Beneath his temper and impishness, he is a playful and genuinely loyal kid.
His underlying trademark logic is one of inspired impishness.
It's difficult to say what works better, the impishness of a googly or the raw power of a bouncer, except to say that like in cricket there seems to be an upper limit to the number of bouncers.
To the figure of the noble swordsman he brings a wry impishness, a stunning self-assurance that nettles his foes and magnifies their inferiority.
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