espieglerie

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French; see espiègle.

Noun[edit]

espieglerie (countable and uncountable, plural espiegleries)

  1. Impish or playful behaviour; mischief.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XII:
      I yield to no one in my appreciation of her espieglerie, but I'm one of the rabbits and always have been while she is about as pronounced a dasher as ever dashed. What I like is the quiet life, and Roberta Wickham wouldn't recognize the quiet life if you brought it to her on a plate with watercress round it. She's all for not letting the sun go down without having started something calculated to stagger humanity.