Definitions

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  • n. Impish or playful behaviour; mischief.

Etymologies

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French; see espiègle.

Examples

  • But while equipped with eyes like twin stars, hair ruddier than the cherry, oomph, espieglerie and all the fixings, B. Wickham had also the disposition and general outlook on life of a ticking bomb.

    Lance Mannion:

  • Even her ambiguities and espieglerie were but media of the same manifestation; acted charades, embodying the words of her prototype, the tender and susceptible daughter-inlaw of Naomi:

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • By the way, for an updated Wooster with true viagra, immoral uplift and espieglerie, do have a look at James Leigh's vastly stylish and entertaining novel Hangdog Hall, published online by onlineoriginals.com.

    Wodehouse lives

  • A propos, for an updated Wooster-ish saga with added oomph, viagra and espieglerie, do take a look at James Leigh's vastly stylish, sunny and side-splitting Hangdog Hall, published online by Online Originals onlineoriginals.com

    P.G. Wodehouse: Mr Mulliner speaking

  • She was petite, mignonne, graceful, fairy-like, yet with a touch of Yankee quaintness and a delicious espieglerie that made her absolutely unique in my experience of women.

    Stories by English Authors: the Sea

  • ` ` She next bewitched all by the delicate naïveté and sparkling espieglerie, interchanged with true love pathos, of her duet with Belletti, from Rossini's I Turchi in Italia, the music being in the same voice with that of his ` Barber of Seville. '

    Life of Hon. Phineas T. Barnum

  • Even her ambiguities and espieglerie were but media of the same manifestation; acted charades, embodying the words of her prototype, the tender and susceptible daughter-in-law of Naomi: 'Let me find favour in thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid.'

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • He had all the brightness of the Tuscan folk, a sort of innocent malice mixed with _espieglerie_.

    Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Second Series

  • I am sure I remember that innocent look of _espieglerie_. '

    The Chaplet of Pearls

  • We enjoyed the hospitality of the Jackson hotel; and contrived to escape the _espieglerie_ of its husband-hunting denizens, by hunting the deer of the surrounding forest.

    The Wild Huntress Love in the Wilderness

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  • The fables of Wodehouse quite regularly

    Exemplify manic integrity.

    This brilliant absurd,

    In Bertie's own word,

    Grows out of inspired espieglerie.

    June 1, 2015

  • Wooster on Bobbie Wickham in Jeeves in the Offing:

    "What with that espieglerie of hers, which was tops, she had been pretty extensively wooed in one

    quarter and another for years, and no business had resulted, so that it was generally assumed that only something extra special in the way of suitors would meet her specifications and that whoever eventually got his nose under the wire would be a king among men and pretty warm stuff"

    April 16, 2009

  • the quality or state of being roguish or frolicsome

    A friend of mine dated a fellow who used this adjective in his Yahoo! profile.--Sunday, 8 April 2007

    April 8, 2007