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 ?
Bob proved a handful of impishness and contrariety, and he tried out his rider as much as his rider tried him out.
Immediately Tudor's monkey-like impishness left him, and he was once more the cool, self-possessed man of the world.
Then the expedient of disjointed writing by bystanders and the female postcard are extremely infelicitous; nothing is said about the environment and they are just there perchance to add a touch of impishness.
No matter what the age, no one truly outgrows totally the impishness of one's childhood.
A REVIEW in The Guardian describes the author's work thus: "Wallace's exuberance and intellectual impishness are a delight, and he has deep things to say about the hollowness of contemporary American pleasure.
You know: did he have every God-given asset like Peter Beardsley or the impishness and cheeky flicks of Gazza?
Lean, young, sharp, life-loving, his Peter Pan features and impishness meant that at 68, barely a month away from his next birthday, he should have had at least another decade to educate, entertain and dazzle us.
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.
Hartman's ability to be in dialogue with himself and others, yet take the tempo of his self-inquiry from the pulse of his own lively (and not uncombative) reflectiveness, is one of the distinctions of prose that never ceases to surprise--mingling sobriety and impishness.
Beneath his temper and impishness, he is a playful and genuinely loyal kid.