Definitions

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  • n. Waggish behaviour.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being waggish; mischievous sport; wanton merriment; jocularity; also, a joke or trick.

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

  • n. waggish behavior

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Examples

  • They dress like clergymen, and affect that mixture of clerical solemnity and clerical waggishness which is generally to be found among minor canons and vicars choral of a cathedral.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • They dress like clergymen, and affect that mixture of clerical solemnity and clerical waggishness which is generally to be found among minor canons and vicar chorals of a cathedral.

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • As he discharged himself of this pleasantry, Mr. Bumble took his hat from a peg, and putting it on, rather rakishly, on one side, as a man might, who felt he had asserted his superiority in a becoming manner, thrust his hands into his pockets, and sauntered towards the door, with much ease and waggishness depicted in his whole appearance.

    Oliver Twist

  • Glancing towards his daughters for the first time since he had begun these reflections, and seeing that they both smiled, Mr Pecksniff eyed them for an instant so jocosely (though still with a kind of saintly waggishness) that the younger one was moved to sit upon his knee forthwith, put her fair arms round his neck, and kiss him twenty times.

    The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

  • About midnight a Sultan el Bahr or Sea-king — a species of whale — appeared close to our counter; and as these animals are infamous for upsetting vessels in waggishness, the sight elicited a yell of terror and a chorus of religious exclamations.

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • If he didn't wag it off, he certainly absorbed its waggishness as a distinguishing characteristic of the "coming man" -- the future Artemas

    Life: Its True Genesis

  • This ducal waggishness gave me time to observe that the sergeant's uneasiness was icy coldness in comparison with his lordship's.

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • The use of nothing but lower-case font, and no punctuation (because the roach couldn't manage the shift-key), once adopted, had to be continued; and was probably worth while as a stunt, though that also is a primary kind of waggishness.

    Christopher Morley writes about Don Marquis

  • Ten to one it was yon Mr. Grieve, the minister of West Braeburn, who fairly blew in your face with waggishness when you offered him a chair in the waiting-room, and tee-heed that "a lawyer's office must be a dull place for a young leddy like you!"

    The Judge

  • We fear that Walt's waggishness was rather heavily shod.

    Plum Pudding Of Divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned

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