Definition of impish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪmpɪʃ/


Inclined to do slightly naughty things for fun; mischievous: he had an impish look about him
More example sentences
  • But every minute, an impish sprite takes one ball back out, always extracting the lowest-numbered ball in the bucket.
mischief-making, full of mischief, troublemaking
archaic sportive
elfin, elflike, elfish, elvish, pixieish, pixie-like, puckish;



Pronunciation: /ˈɪmpɪʃ(ə)li/
Example sentences
  • He was engaging, open, sensitive and impishly funny, if a six-foot-two-inch guy can be impishly funny.
  • Grinning impishly, she told interviewers she lived by a simple motto: ‘Money is like manure; it should be spread around.’
  • The tiny images that entered into the viewing rectangle of the spectacles were not only obscure, but they were also designed so as to move around impishly requiring me to trace their hesitant, unpredictable movements.


Pronunciation: /ˈɪmpɪʃnəs/
Example sentences
  • Lisa has a certain impishness to her character that explains the smirks quite sufficiently on its own.
  • He had a delightful impishness which was to be a hallmark of his character throughout his life.
  • Affectionate and devoted to their owners, they exhibit a healthy dose of impishness, a penchant for instinctual problem solving, and a finely developed sense of humor.

Words that rhyme with impish

blimpish, wimpish

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