1. a quaint and amusing jest
  2. waggish behavior
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How To Use waggery In A Sentence

  • The waggery may be more or less refined, it may run the whole gamut from open clownery to a slightly ironical twinkle, but it is always there.
  • Foote, the Aristophanes of the day, was a frequent visitor; his broad face beaming with fun and waggery, and his satirical eye ever on the lookout for characters and incidents for his farces. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith
  • (that natural home of waggery ) had christened him Baker because -- how did it go? CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD
  • Here it was thought his broad fun, rustic waggery, and curious mastery of provincial dialect might admirably contrast with the melodramatic intensity, and the homely, but touching pathos of which in so eminent a degree he was the master. The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864
  • There was something extremely provoking in this obstinately pacific system; it left Brom no alternative but to draw upon the funds of rustic waggery in his disposition, and to play off boorish practical jokes upon his rival. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon
  • Horse-play, romping, frequent and loud fits of laughter, jokes, waggery, and indiscriminate familiarity, will sink both merit and knowledge into a degree of contempt. Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman
  • With typical waggery he said his success was due to heroic wartime reporting by Edward R. Murrow of CBS. NBC News Correspondent Was Tart-Tongued Grammar Guru
  • “My money gone to a certainty!” said Tressilian; “but as for the rest — Hark ye, my lad, I am not your school-master, but if you play off your waggery on me, I will take a part of his task off his hands, and punish you to purpose.” Kenilworth
  • I was winning, and was full of waggery, thinking every thing that was eccentric, and by no means a miser of my eccentricities; every one was welcome to a share of them, and I had plenty to spare after having freighted the company. The Book of Three Hundred Anecdotes Historical, Literary, and Humorous—A New Selection
  • They are tedious, but the "waggery" is conspicuous by its absence.] {509} [mq] _With all his laurels growing upon one tree_. The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 6
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