Word of the Day – Puckish

By January 2, 2019 Word of the Day

Puckish (adj)

puk-ish

Playful in a mischievous way.

after the mischievous fairy in English folklore who is also a character in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Example sentences

“He’s known for his puckish sense of humour.”

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