Definitions

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  • noun An instance of being puckish

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  • noun the trait of behaving like an imp

Etymologies

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puckish +‎ -ness

Examples

  • He signed a contract to make his U.S. debut at the San Francisco Opera in September 1977 but in February sent a withdrawal letter to the opera's director saying, with typical puckishness or perversity, that the debut would conflict with his son's dentist appointment.

    The Disappearing Maestro

  • But McGregor, who shows some of his inate British puckishness to very good effect in the otherwise overrated Ghost Writer, here has gone back to the dark side of the force.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • But McGregor, who shows some of his inate British puckishness to very good effect in the otherwise overrated Ghost Writer, here has gone back to the dark side of the force.

    Before we Kick Ass

  • | Reply | Permalink yes, there is a certain puckishness there, isn't there ...

    Breaking: Hillary, Webb Demand Hearings On Pentagon's Iraq Withdrawal Planning

  • The puckishness that would lead a major presidential candidate to tell that story runs deep.

    'White Tornado'

  • He has a puckishness, sense of humour and energy inside him which remind me of Dan…

    New JOURNEY for the Wizard | Obsessed With Film

  • In the question, in the attitude with which it was asked, there was a flicker of the puckishness that had always characterized McHenry in the past.

    Double or Nothing

  • For once there was no puckishness in his expression as he examined Toni's face, drained by the toll the past week had taken.

    River Of Desire

  • If this sounds like a lot of characters already, I haven't even mentioned the fringe blogger (a lovely-to-hate Jude Law), the vaccine hunters (a standout Jennifer Ehle and a dead-in-the-face Demetri Martin), or the virologist played, with scene-stealing puckishness, by Elliott Gould.

    Slate Magazine

  • There's a puckishness to him - particularly if pictured alongside near-contemporaries Michael Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen - which, despite those river-bed wrinkles, lends an impression of youth.

    The Guardian World News

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