from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Archness; good-humored shrewdness.


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  • That kind of pawkiness is fitting in a dictionary edited and published in Edinburgh and which defines pawky as a Scots word meaning "drily or slyly humorous."

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XV No 1

  • "As Mistress Bonniman's, for enstance?" suggested Mrs. Croale, interrogatively, and with just the least trace of pawkiness in the tone.

    Sir Gibbie

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