puckishness


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puck·ish

 (pŭk′ĭsh)
adj.
Mischievous; impish: a puckish grin; puckish wit.

puck′ish·ly adv.
puck′ish·ness n.

puckishness

(ˈpʌkɪʃnəs)
n
the state of being puckish
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puckishness - the trait of behaving like an imppuckishness - 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"
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Freeman has a puckishness that momentarily wakes up the proceedings, but the movie can't seem to sustain anything.
His incessant puckishness attracts media attention because he is willing to say what progressive liberals are unwilling to admit--some of which is actually true.
For me personally, it was Eliot Weinberger's intervention scorning the magazine as dealing in "frat-boy humour" and comparing it to a terrorist cell (perverse echoes of the puckishness that delights in his tales and travel essays) that made me feel sad.
When the crowd erupts in applause, he smiles slyly: flattered, but with a light air of puckishness.
Admired for his puckishness, the dog is pure laziness, round belly swelled with sloth and indolence, dependent on the feedings of others, instincts dulled by a full dog dish.
One could imagine the puckishness that might have moved Cervantes to communicate in the de auxiliis register without giving either side the satisfaction of knowing whether he was singing its anthem.