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Waggish

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Wággish. adj. [from wag.] Knavishly merry; merrily mischievous; frolicksome.

        Change fear and niceness,
The handmaids of all women, or, more truly,
Woman its pretty self, to waggish courage.
Shakespeare.

This new conceit is the waggish suggestion of some sly and sculking atheists. More's Divine Dialogues.

A company of waggish boys watching of frogs at the side of a pond, still as any of them put up their heads, they would be pelting them down with stones. Children, says one of the frogs, you never consider, that though this may be play to you, 'tis death to us. L'Estrange.

As boys, on holidays let loose to play,
Lay waggish traps for girls that pass that way;
Then shout to see in dirt and deep distress
Some silly cit.
Dryden.

Sources: Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Dryden, John (788) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · More, Henry (28)

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