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[puhk-ish] /ˈpʌk ɪʃ/
adjective, (often initial capital letter)
mischievous; impish.
Origin of puckish
First recorded in 1870-75; Puck + -ish1
Related forms
puckishly, adjective
puckishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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
  • A puckish thought crossed her mind, sending a flash of slightly cynical laughter through her quiet eyes.

    Elizabeth's Campaign

    Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  • 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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