of, relating to, or characteristic of an imp.

Origin of impish

First recorded in 1645–55; imp + -ish1
Related formsimp·ish·ly, adverbimp·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for impish

Contemporary Examples of impish

Historical Examples of impish

  • 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.

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

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner

British Dictionary definitions for impish



of or resembling an imp; mischievous
Derived Formsimpishly, adverbimpishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for impish

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

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