impish imp"ish ([i^]mp"[i^]sh), a. Having the qualities, or showing the characteristics, of an imp; naughtily or annoyingly playful; as, teasing and worrying with impish laughter.

Syn: elfish, elvish, implike, mischievous, pixilated, prankish, puckish. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • impish — (adj.) 1650s, from IMP (Cf. imp) + ISH (Cf. ish). Related: Impishly; impishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • impish — roguish, waggish, mischievous, *playful, frolicsome, sportive Analogous words: *saucy, pert, arch: naughty, *bad: *sly, cunning, tricky …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impish — [adj] mischievous casual, devilish, devil may care*, elfin, elvish, fiendish, flippant, free and easy*, fresh, frolicsome, giddy, jaunty, naughty, offhand, pert, pixieish, playful, prankish, puckish, rascally, saucy*, sportive, waggish; concept… …   New thesaurus

  • impish — [im′pish] adj. of or like an imp; mischievous impishly adv. impishness n …   English World dictionary

  • impish — [[t]ɪ̱mpɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED If you describe someone or their behaviour as impish, you mean that they are rather disrespectful or naughty in a playful way. Gillespie is well known for his impish sense of humour. Derived words: impishly ADV GRADED… …   English dictionary

  • impish — adjective 1) he takes an impish delight in shocking the press Syn: mischievous, naughty, wicked, devilish, rascally, roguish, playful, sportive; mischief making, full of mischief 2) an impish grin Syn: elfin …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • impish — adj. Impish is used with these nouns: ↑grin …   Collocations dictionary

  • impish — imp|ish [ˈımpıʃ] adj showing a lack of respect or seriousness in a way that is amusing rather than bad = ↑mischievous ▪ a little girl with dark hair and an impish grin >impishly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • impish — imp|ish [ ımpıʃ ] adjective looking or behaving as though you are doing something slightly bad that people think is funny: MISCHIEVOUS: an impish smile ╾ imp|ish|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • impish — UK [ˈɪmpɪʃ] / US adjective looking or behaving as though you are doing something slightly bad that people think is funny an impish smile Derived word: impishly adverb …   English dictionary

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