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waggish

[wag-ish]
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adjective
  1. like a wag; roguish in merriment and good humor; jocular: Fielding and Sterne are waggish writers.
  2. characteristic of or befitting a wag: waggish humor.
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Origin of waggish

First recorded in 1580–90; wag + -ish1
Related formswag·gish·ly, adverbwag·gish·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for waggish

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  • "No; that isn't it," he said, chiding her with a waggish forefinger.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • A waggish friend of his popped a quantity of gunpowder into B——'s instrument.

    The Jest Book

    Mark Lemon

  • What a chance for some waggish baboon to drop a nut or a berry in!

    The Gorilla Hunters

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • She stood up, and there came over her faded face a waggish expression.

  • Because,” cried the waggish urchin, “the parties are not agreed.


Word Origin and History for waggish

adj.

"willing to make a fool of oneself, and fond of doing so to others," 1580s, from wag (n.) + -ish. Related: Waggishly; waggishness.

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