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puckish

[puhk-ish] /ˈpʌk ɪʃ/
adjective, (often initial capital letter)
1.
mischievous; impish.
Origin of puckish
1870-1875
1870-75; Puck + -ish1
Related forms
puckishly, adjective
puckishness, noun
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  • A puckish thought crossed her mind, sending a flash of slightly cynical laughter through her quiet eyes.

    Elizabeth's Campaign Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  • The shining lips and eyes of his florid face now proclaimed speech, with his puckish fancy jack-o'-lanterning over it.

  • The luncheon-bell tinkled across the ensuing pause, like a peal of puckish laughter.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • Gives you an impression, perhaps by the brightness of his eyes, of puckish mirth playing within his mind.

    Turns about Town Robert Cortes Holliday
  • As the kittens grew older, they had the run of the house, which they filled with elfin mirth of motion and reels of puckish revel.

Word Origin and History for puckish
adj.

1867, from Puck + -ish. Related: Puckishly; puckishness.

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