Pronounced: LUHS-trate, verb

Note: When I saw this word, I saw the ‘lus-‘ and thought it had something to do with light… not quite right.

Yesterday’s word

The word espiègle means “frolicsome; roguish”


The word comes from the French language, as you might think. It is a corruption of Ulespiegle – the French name for a peasant German prankster, Till Eulenspiegel. The tales of this prankster were translated into French and then English in the mid-1500s, but our word didn’t show up until later (see below).

First usage

Sir Walter Scott introduced the word in the 1800s, and other writers began using it.

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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