from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or befitting an imp; mischievous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the qualities or behavior of an imp; devilish.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Having the qualities, or showing the characteristics, of an imp; naughtily or annoyingly playful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective mischievous; of or befitting an imp.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective naughtily or annoyingly playful


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  • What we have called the impish daring and resource of Cochrane is shown in this strange fight.

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  • Best known as the impish Master of Ceremonies from "Cabaret"-Walter Kerr described him, in 1966, as "sin on a string"-Grey is still, at seventy-nine, one of Broadway's most beloved character actors.

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  • Hassett, an intelligent man and under-stated captain, used to be dubbed impish, and it fitted him.

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  • Mr. Baron, for whom the word "impish" must have been coined, built up his production gradually, starting at 300 or so cases and now holding steady at about 4,000.

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  • Stanley Cavell sees (hears) Poe's prose as "a parody's of philosophy's" (111) in just this respect, its iterative paranoia and "impish" wordplay as the mad antithesis of any overcome skepticism about the credited and signified world.

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  • I noted early on Jeffress often has a kind of impish jocularity with a William H. Macy face.

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  • This trick invested his handsome face with a kind of impish fastidiousness.

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  • As they neared the entrance to the ball room she paused a moment with a new kind of impish smile.

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  • As they neared the entrance to the ballroom she paused with a new kind of impish smile.



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