from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a pawky or arch manner; slyly.


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  • While every part of APT's traditionally costumed staging makes a satisfying impression—I was especially pleased by the pawkily comic Ariel of Deborah Staples—it is the subtle way in which Mr. Albers's acting is played off against Mr. Schmidt's music that gives this "Tempest" its special distinction.

    The Warrior's Dilemma

  • The Light Thief: 'a touching, pawkily amusing example of satirical tragedy'.

    The Light Thief – review

  • Written and directed by its star, this is a touching, pawkily amusing example of that fairly rare genre, the satirical tragedy.

    The Light Thief – review

  • As he said it, he was tapping his snuff-mull and looking at me pawkily out of the corners of his eyes, that hovered between me and his wife, who stood with the wool in her hand, beaming mildly up in my face.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • When Mrs. Petullo broke down miserably -- in her third verse, he smiled to himself pawkily, went up to her with a compliment, and confirmed his suspicions by her first question, which was as to the Chamberlain's absence.

    Doom Castle

  • 'Aye,' says I pawkily, 'he's gey dour; but he's only a Spey fush, an' of coorse ye'll maister him afore ye've dune wi 'him!'

    Camps, Quarters, and Casual Places

  • "I didna think ye kenned hoo _he_ rade," answered the boy pawkily, as he shot to the stable.

    Salted with Fire

  • Kelly pawkily remarks, This is "a politick proverb! advising us to make our interest as the times change.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

  • 'It's verra weel o' you, Miss Mary, 'replied Andrew pawkily,' to tak the first word o 'flyting; but ye should first ken whether ye're come up to my mark or no.'"

    The Proverbs of Scotland


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