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[im-pish] /ˈɪm pɪʃ/
of, relating to, or characteristic of an imp.
Origin of impish
First recorded in 1645-55; imp + -ish1
Related forms
impishly, adverb
impishness, noun Unabridged
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  • There lurked about him the impish quality of the whistle that had summoned her.

    The Coast of Chance Esther Chamberlain
  • She knew Jack could never feel the same to me, as the mother of that impish girl.

    A Soldier of the Legion C. N. Williamson
  • In such a life there is no place for untruthfulness or any member of its impish brood.

  • It was an impish trick, and it brought him unwittingly into peril of his soul.

    Harbor Tales Down North

    Norman Duncan
  • They could not reconcile it with the impish tricks she had played.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • An impish fear clutched my hand, so that I could not write any more that day.

    Story of My Life Helen Keller
British Dictionary definitions for impish


of or resembling an imp; mischievous
Derived Forms
impishly, adverb
impishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impish

1650s, from imp + -ish. Related: Impishly; impishness.

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