The Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is waggish. Read on for what it means, how it’s used, and more.
What It Means
// With a wink and a waggish grin she emptied the sugar bowl and refilled it with salt.
WAGGISH in Context
“[William Taylor Ramage] underscores the hybrid nature of these works—his own splatter and drip paintings paired with a vintage photo of Pollock—with the waggish signature ‘W.T. Jackson.’” — Pamela Polston, Seven Days (Burlington, Vermont), 11 May 2022
Did You Know?
One who is waggish acts like a wag. What, then, is a wag? It has nothing to do with a dog’s tail; in this case a wag is a clever person prone to joking. Though light-hearted in its use and meaning, the probable source of this particular wag is grim: it is thought to be short for waghalter, an obsolete English word that translates as gallows bird, a gallows bird being someone thought to be deserving of hanging. The wag in waghalter is the familiar wag having to do with movement, and halter is another word for a noose.