- impish + -ness (Wiktionary)
“Ishmael's reply was in that very formal tone that masked what in anyone else might have been termed impishness.”
“With a schlubby, mustachioed Matt Damon and his part-trivial part-fantasy deadpan voiceover, Soderbergh is putting the impishness of his title character front and center.”
“But he did it not from hauteur but from impishness.”
“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.”
“That momentary impishness, that glimpse of the old Avy, disappears.”
“But spend enough time with him, and you might start to feel that he did it out of sheer impishness, a desire to change something simply because it could be changed.”
“We may never know if the poem is, in fact, slander or is evidence of some hidden impishness on Milton's part.”
“Both men like to engage audiences wider than the nearest senior common room; both have a pronounced impishness; and neither shirks from controversy Guha has described the polemics of Arundhati Roy as "ventures into social science … self-regarding and self-indulgent … and also self-contradictory".”
“My friend was quite attached to them in just a few days and he was surrounded by them playing, holding hands, kicking a football and enjoying their impishness.”
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