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impish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj impish naughtily or annoyingly playful "teasing and worrying with impish laughter","a wicked prank"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a impish ĭmp"ĭsh Having the qualities, or showing the characteristics, of an imp; naughtily or annoyingly playful; as, teasing and worrying with impish laughter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impish Having the qualities or behavior of an imp; devilish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Impish like an imp: fiendish
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Quotations

  • Maxwell Bodenheim
    Maxwell Bodenheim
    “Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. impe—Low L. impotus, a graft—Gr. emphytos, engrafted.

Usage

In literature:

Heine, impish descendant of this great doubter, took refuge from human madness at the feet of Venus in the Louvre.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
Her only neighbors were the Howes, and beyond the impish pleasure she derived from taunting Martin, they had no interest for her.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
She only smiled into his face with impish delight.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
An impish malice lurked on Charles's lips.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
These black, impish creatures must be my pioneers to Venice.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
They danced and sparkled in impish mischief, and had a way of shooting sudden glances which made themselves felt as keenly as arrows.
"The Love Story of Abner Stone" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
Bob Stanley grinned at her impishly.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
The little god was doubtless laughing in impish glee at what he had brought about.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
Kloot broke in impishly: 'It is very good of you to give us a month of your valuable time.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The former was as full of tricks as Puck, and impish in his mischief.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
His round, impish face was full of delighted grins.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
New blazes sprang up with an impish merriment.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
He just said rather impishly, 'I'm going!
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
The impish figure of Elia sat on a box to windward of the fire, watching his companion with calm eyes.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
His impish, friendly face was wreathed in a cordial smile.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
She was pursuing a hapless frog with well-directed shots of small pebbles, and there was an impish grin upon her face.
"Anything Once" by Douglas Grant
The impish ingenuity of the commander perceived in it huge possibilities of mischief.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
What impish tricks those little mad things were up to!
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
The boys danced in impish joy at the displays of prowess.
"The Monster and Other Stories" by Stephen Crane
What a snare they were getting themselves into, and only by an impish destiny of haphazard speech.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
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In poetry:

The punishment ordained for you
In that infernal spot
Is het by Satan's impish crew
And kept forever hot.
"Summer Heat" by Eugene Field
Then came success, and in a night
An impish thing you stood apart,
All empty-handed for the fight,
With worse, alas! an empty heart.
"To A Politician" by Edward Dyson
Up the wreck the waves are leaping—
Tiny, mocking, impish crew!
Children base! their revel keeping
O'er the foe their father slew.
"The Last Night" by Ernest Jones
In the thorn that past us races,
Harelipped hags like crows are rocking;
Stunted oaks have dwarf-like faces
Gnarled that leer an impish mocking:
"Pre-Ordination" by Madison Julius Cawein
And now she dances all about,
As naked as a new-caught trout,
With impish glee;
And though she's beautiful like that,
(A cherubim, but not so fat),
Quite shocked are we.
"Strip Teaser" by Robert W Service
Lo, as he spoke my blood grew chill,
The spell no longer bound me,
The impish chorus now was still
And silence reigned around me.
The ghostly lobster disappeared;
My heart of base desire was cleared.
"The Minglers" by C J Dennis

In news:

Sift through his '70s chat-show appearances and watch the shtick take shape: He's an impish riddle eager both to confound and please.
Sift through his '70s chat-show appearances and watch the schtick take shape: He's an impish riddle eager to confound and please.
My first book, God Forbid Anyone I Know Reads This: Glimpses Into an Impish Child's Life, is around 26,000 words and uniquely includes pictures from that era.
House-made mozzarella, that is, pulled by a couple of guys who look young and impish enough to be huffing the contents of the metal tank in the kitchen.
Bill Watterson is a celebrity, known for his drawings of the impish Calvin and his sidekick stuffed tiger friend, Hobbes .
Levine is somber and impish, handsome and goofy—recently described by a friend as "what you get when you cross Kierkegaard with Ogden Nash".
Cigars, booze and ' impish ' behavior.
Impish wordplay, plus booze binges: Rodgers and Hart, 1936.
Hoppin' Frog's impish frog hoists a glass of ale .
The "Sweet Surprise" website features a photo series of impish, multi-cultural children.
Hoppin' Frog 's impish frog hoists a glass of ale.
"We've met before," purred Kim Stolz, an impish grin on her face.
Danny Scheie plays an impish-shrill Nero .
Impish robots, dark stars, flying horsemen and wonderful toys.
So my house must be harboring impish spirits.
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