Definition of puckish in English:



  • Playful, especially in a mischievous way.

    ‘a puckish sense of humour’
    • ‘He's tanned, there's a puckish glint in his eye and his Coventry accent is proudly unblunted by his years in academia.’
    • ‘Clark's puckish grin and chiselled cheekbones finally creep into view.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's the nature of his face - it's built to look older than it is, when it's really just odd - puckish, unlovely, something youth never really touched.’
    • ‘Your finely honed bon mots and puckish conversational sallies will be of no assistance - this woman seems to be listening to something else entirely.’
    • ‘He is a puckish, straight-talking young man from Brisbane whose unwillingness to mince his words has resulted in friction with his team managers.’
    • ‘He writes with a sort of puckish style that belies his conservatism.’
    • ‘Her material is good, but her puckish delivery even better.’
    • ‘She was becoming more and more puckish, until I called her on it and told her that I realized I was being set-up.’
    • ‘There is, for a start, a very puckish sense of humour; and a big, infectious, roaring laugh.’
    • ‘I thought she displayed a grace and charm in that speech as well as a puckish sense of humor that would make her a very appealing witness before the Judiciary Committee.’
    • ‘As he loosens up, his voice doesn't get much louder, but displays a ferocious intelligence and barbed wit that are rendered all the more puckish by his understated, boyish delivery.’
    • ‘It has a puckish acidic slap as it rushes across the palate.’
    • ‘It remains an issue worth both puckish and serious consideration.’
    • ‘‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce,’ a puckish German wit once quipped.’
    • ‘Incidentally, I would note in a puckish vein that Mr. Ryan's letter points to no contrary evidence.’
    • ‘Dressed in a dark blue suit, he attempts, successfully at first, to project a businesslike air but it never quite manages to stifle the puckish charmer within.’
    • ‘His publicity pictures show a perky looking man - puckish perhaps - with a cheery grin of white teeth and lightly raised eyebrows like cedillas.’
    • ‘I honestly think he's being puckish with his coy answers, and that he has no intention of being the running mate to a left-liberal Democrat.’
    • ‘A puckish reader, moved by some of Bob's less mainstream opinions, wrote this bit of hilarity’
    • ‘Since then, sightings of the puckish scribe have been rarer than those of the reclusive Barclay brothers.’
    mischievous, naughty, wicked, devilish, rascally, roguish, prankish, playful, waggish
    mischievous, naughty, impish, elfin, roguish, playful, sly, arch, waggish, teasing, prankish, pixieish
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