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

  • adj. Characteristic of or resembling a wag; jocular or witty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. witty, jocular, like a wag
  • adj. mischievous, tricky

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a wag; mischievous in sport; roguish in merriment or good humor; frolicsome.
  • adj. Done, made, or laid in waggery or for sport; sportive; humorous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a wag; abounding in sportive or jocular tricks, antics, sayings, etc.; roguish in merriment or good humor; frolicsome.
  • Done, concocted, or manifested in waggery or sport: as, a waggish trick; “waggish good humor,”

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

  • adj. witty or joking


From wag (“waghalter, rogue”) +‎ -ish. (Wiktionary)



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  • So, so! you are the man! pursued he with a waggish sort of leer, you know how to -- tickle the -- fancies of the ladies! Four and twenty hours only have you been in Burgos, and marchionesses, I warrant you, have surrendered at the first summons!

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 15

    September 12, 2008