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impish (comparative more impish, superlative most impish)

  1. mischievous; of or befitting an imp.
    • 1897, H. G. Wells, chapter 1, A Story of the Stone Age[1]:
      Wild-eyed youngsters they were, with matted hair and little broad-nosed impish faces, covered (as some children are covered even nowadays) with a delicate down of hair.
    • 1942, Virginia Woolf, chapter 20, The Death of the Moth, and other essays[2]:
      But the antics of Mr. Moore, though impish and impudent, are, after all, so amusing and so graceful that the governess, it is said, sometimes hides behind a tree to watch.