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  • n. The state or quality of being impish; mischievousness.

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  • n. the trait of behaving like an imp


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impish +‎ -ness


  • 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.

    Damon is best thing about “The Informant!” » Scene-Stealers

  • 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.

    Chapter 26

  • Bob proved a handful of impishness and contrariety, and he tried out his rider as much as his rider tried him out.

    Chapter XI

  • 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.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • We may never know if the poem is, in fact, slander or is evidence of some hidden impishness on Milton's part.

    John Lundberg: Scholar Unearths a Dirty Milton Poem

  • 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".

    In praise of … Ramachandra Guha | Editorial

  • 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.

    Dr. Jane Aronson: Ethiopian Orphans Are Growing Up With a World of Possibilities


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