Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
Early-19th century; English; from William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' which adapted the character Puck from English folklore into a good-natured trickster. The adjective would come some centuries later.
  • pixyish mischievous whimsical impish
  • bland serious
mischievous; impish
A) The shopkeeper's puckish sense of humor delighted the local children. B) Most found their behavior puckish rather than malicious, but this feeling was not universal.
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