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