waggish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj waggish witty or joking "Muskrat Castle as the house has been facetiously named by some waggish officer"- James Fenimore Cooper"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Waggish Done, made, or laid in waggery or for sport; sportive; humorous; as, a waggish trick.
    • Waggish Like a wag; mischievous in sport; roguish in merriment or good humor; frolicsome. "A company of waggish boys."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • waggish Like a wag; abounding in sportive or jocular tricks, antics, sayings, etc.; roguish in merriment or good humor; frolicsome.
    • waggish Done, concocted, or manifested in waggery or sport: as, a waggish trick; “waggish good humor,” Synonyms Jocular, jocose, humorous, sportive, facetious, droll.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Waggish —(rare) Wag′some
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. waghalter, one who deserves hanging.

Usage

In literature:

With what he imagined to be a very waggish air, Harry put out his tongue, and held it with his finger and thumb.
"The Peace Egg and Other tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
The Deacon, you know, is a little waggish.
"Little Masterpieces of American Wit and Humor" by Various
Just at this epoch, some waggish member of the eating club employed his camera at their expense.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
On another occasion he was riding along the road, and was accosted by two waggish members of the 6th Ohio.
"Incidents of the War: Humorous, Pathetic, and Descriptive" by Alf Burnett
With what he imagined to be a very waggish air, Harry put out his tongue, and held it with his finger and thumb.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Mrs. Mills went back to the shop with a waggish caution against too much love-making.
"Love at Paddington" by W. Pett Ridge
Mo, pointing waggishly to Doggie, warned the little girl against his depravity.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
She stood up, and there came over her faded face a waggish expression.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
A fat old Irish stoker came drifting half-drunk up the pier with a serene and waggish smile.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Please be attentive, and not waggish.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
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In poetry:

Some waggish youths a stump had drest
With buckler, halbert, helm, and crest,
And nailed firmly 'gainst the wall,
It seem'd a warrior stout and tall.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
The goddess ended. Merry Momus rose,
With smiles and grins he waggish glances throws,
Then with a noisy laugh forestalls his joke,
Mirth flashes from his eyes while thus he spoke.
"The Fan : A Poem. Book II." by John Gay
. . . No Monarch so bless'd, or so happy as me,
While thus, my dear Horace, I hug it in thee:
Admire it in loftier Virgil, or Smile
When with Waggish Catullus my Cares I'd beguile.
"A Search After Wit; Or, A Visitation Of The Authors" by Richard Ames

In news:

But since waggish artist friends have proclaimed they can tell the weeks I've gotten lucky by the uncharacteristic generosity of my criticism, I won't.
Waggish diners may initially dismiss this as Black Cat Bistro Chef Eric Skokan's attempt at creating a sort of Locale Next Door.
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