from The Century Dictionary.
- Prankish; mischievous; frolicsome.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective dated (poetic)
mischievous, prone to pull pranks.
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The Meyer book turns out to have been sent by a pranksome VanderMeer, which I would have realized had I looked at the inscription on the title page:
His pranksome nature eventually played itself out, though he still had a sharp wit and, occasionally, a sharp tongue.
Marry! shall I shoot the amorous feline who nightly iterates his love songs on my roof, and yet withhold my trigger finger from yonder pranksome gallant?
The servant was a grave and sedate looking Englishman, between 50 and 60 years of age, and informed me that he had known Colonel Tarleton from his earliest youth, having lived for many years in the family of his father, a worthy clergyman, at whose particular request he had followed the Colonel to this country, with the view that, if overtaken by disease and suffering in his headlong career, he might have some one near him who had known him ere the pranksome mischief of the boy had hardened into the sterner vices of the man.
o 'that kin', be 't as mad an 'pranksome as ever sic ploy could be, is to be made mention o' aside the things at was mutit (muttered) o ''s brither.