Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Mischievous; impish: a puckish grin; puckish wit.

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  • adj. mischievous; excessively playful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling Puck; merry; mischievous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling the fairy Puck; like what Puck might do; merry.

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

  • adj. naughtily or annoyingly playful

Etymologies

After Puck, a mischievous fairy in English folklore who is also a character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Galentine was quieter, but possessed what the couple's longtime neighbor described as a puckish sense of humor.

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  • Dianne Feinstein described Reid's sense of humor as "puckish" and Cantwell said that one of the downsides of having Al Franken as a colleague is that the men in the caucus try to out-funny the funny man.

    Harry Reid, The Man Who Never Says Goodbye

  • GREENFIELD: Joe Lieberman does have a kind of puckish sense of humor.

    CNN Transcript Dec 9, 2003

  • There's a kind of puckish sense of humor that Wellstone has always carried into his political campaigns, like the famous ads he did in 1990 where he's talking at breakneck speed, saying I don't have any money, so I have to talk fast.

    CNN Transcript Oct 25, 2002

  • By the way"—an able tailor, Garak altered his expression from puckish to sincerely concerned—"any word from him?"

    WARCHILD

  • "puckish" Microsoft move, says antitrust expert in an analysis of the latest maneuver.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • The Cheshire cat's wide, puckish smile descending from the heavens as a crescent moon; the caterpillar puffing opiate smoke into the face of Alice and snobbishly asking, Who ...

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  • It accomplished all those achievements with a puckish irreverence that captivated the public and made heroes of its employees.

    In the Plex

  • A puckish irreverence, calculated to upend the cliché of the tortured master builder, is integral to his impressive resume.

    Building a Better Future

  • "He was a very interesting man; a progressive thinker with an unexpected and puckish sense of humour."

    National Portrait Gallery to put EO Hoppé back in the frame

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