espiègle

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From German Eulenspiegel, plausibly from Dutch Uilenspiegel, a picaresque Robin Hood-type character, literally meaning 'mirror of owls', a mischievous hero who cleverly took the mickey out of the Spanish occupation troops during the Eighty Years War.

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Noun[edit]

espiègle m (plural espiègles)

  1. prankster, imp, rascal

Adjective[edit]

espiègle (masculine and feminine, plural espiègles)

  1. playful, frolicsome
  2. impish, mischievous
  3. skittish

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References[edit]

  • Nouveau Petit Larousse illustré. Dictionnaire encyclopédique. Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1952, 146th edition

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