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.
Not only does the actor bear an uncanny resemblance to the Commonwealth president, he also manages to capture Quezon's aura of hauteur and authority, as well as impishness and, toward the end, defiance of his failing health.
The occasional impishness of Momin's poetry is best reflected in this one couplet: 'Kya jaane kya likha that usay izterab mein/ Qasid ki laash aayi hai khat ke jawaab mein' [God knows what I wrote to her in my restless state/ In reply, she has sent me the poor messenger's dead body].
Even in his resume, a genre that seldom entertains, you can see his impishness in titles like "I'm So Bad, I Party in Detroit," "Homer Simpson's Eyes and the Culture of Late Nostalgia," and "Not the Oprah Show, or Why People Go to Bad Poetry Readings."
Such impishness exists alongside a deep commitment to uniqueness -- to doing something others are not, and to being one of the world's top marathon runners.
You never knew where her impishness would break out again" ([1942] 1995, 735).
For example, to describe the environment, you put down details that sound foolish [...] / 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. / The story of Nora however seems the most interesting to us, even though it is dealt with in the wrong tone, which is neither serious enough, nor as brilliant or unprejudiced as it might have been.
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...sentences and whole pages are marvels of cosmic concentration...Wallace is a superb comedian of culture".
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.