- The definition of a devil is someone or something evil, hurtful or wicked.
- An example of a devil is Satan from the Christian Bible.
- An example of a devil is a tornado that causes death and wreckage.
- To devil is to add hot seasonings to chopped food.
An example of devil is to add spices to chopped eggs, called "deviled eggs."
- [oftenD-] the chief evil spirit, a supernatural being subordinate to, and the foe of, God, and the tempter of human beings; Satan: typically depicted as a man with horns, a tail, and cloven feet: with the
- any evil spirit; demon
- a very wicked or malevolent person
- a person who is mischievous, energetic, reckless, etc.
- an unlucky, unhappy person: that poor devil
- anything that is difficult or is hard to operate, control, understand, etc.
- Old-fashioned printer's devil
- any of various machines for tearing things, as paper or rags, to bits
Origin of devilMiddle English devel from Old English deofol from Ecclesiastical Late Latin diabolus from Classical Greek diabolos, slanderous (in LXX, Satan; in New Testament , devil) from diaballein, to slander, literally , throw across from dia-, across + ballein, to throw: see ball
transitive verb-·iled or -·illed, -·il·ing or -·il·ling
Origin of devilfrom the notion of heat to prepare (food, often chopped food) with hot seasoning: deviled ham
- to tear up (rags, etc.) with a special machine
- to annoy; torment; tease
a devil of a
between the devil and the deep (blue) sea
give the devil his due
go to the devil
- to fall into bad habits; degenerate morally
- go to hell!: used in the imperative as an expression of anger or annoyance at someone
play the devil with
raise the devil
- to conjure up the devil
- Informal to make a commotion or have a boisterous good time
the devil to pay
- often Devil In many religions, the major personified spirit of evil, ruler of Hell, and foe of God. Used with the.
- A subordinate evil spirit; a demon.
- A wicked or malevolent person.
- A person: a handsome devil; the poor devil.
- An energetic, mischievous, daring, or clever person.
- Printing A printer's devil.
- A device or machine, especially one having teeth or spikes and used for tearing.
- An outstanding example, especially of something difficult or bad: has a devil of a temper.
- A severe reprimand or expression of anger: gave me the devil for cutting class.
- Informal Used as an intensive: Who the devil do you think you are?
transitive verbdev·iled, dev·il·ing, dev·ils, or dev·illed dev·il·ling
- To season (food) heavily.
- To annoy, torment, or harass.
- To tear up (cloth or rags) in a toothed machine.
Origin of devilMiddle English devel from Old English dēofol from Latin diabolus from Late Greek diabolos from Greek slanderer from diaballein to slander dia- dia- ballein to hurl ; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
- (theology) A creature of hell.
- (theology) (the devil or the Devil) The chief devil; Satan.
- The bad part of the conscience; the opposite to the angel.
- A wicked or naughty person, or one who harbors reckless, spirited energy, especially in a mischievous way; usually said of a young child.
- A thing that is awkward or difficult to understand or do.
- (euphemistically, with an article, as an intensifier) Hell.
- A person, especially a man; used to express a particular opinion of him, usually in the phrases poor devil and lucky devil.
- A dust devil.
- (religion, Christian Science) An evil or erring entity.
- (dialectical, in compounds) A barren, unproductive and unused area.
- devil strip
- (cooking) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
- A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton, etc.
(third-person singular simple present devils, present participle deviling or devilling, simple past and past participle deviled or devilled)
- To make like a devil; to invest with the character of a devil.
- To annoy or bother; to bedevil.
- To work as a ‘devil’; to work for a lawyer or writer without fee or recognition.
- To grill with cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper.
- To finely grind cooked ham or other meat with spices and condiments.
- To prepare a sidedish of shelled halved boiled eggs to whose extracted yolks are added condiments and spices, which mixture then is placed into the halved whites to be served.
- UK usage doubles the l in the inflected forms "devilled" and "devilling"; US usage generally does not.
From Old English dēofol, from Ancient Greek διάβολος (diabolos, “accuser, slanderer”), also as "Satan" (in Jewish/Christian usage, translating Biblical Hebrew שטן, satán), from διαβάλλω (diaballō, “to slander”), literally “to throw across”, from διά (dia, “through, across”) + βάλλω (ballō, “throw”). The Old English word was probably adopted under influence of Latin diabolus (itself from the Greek). Other Germanic languages adopted the word independently: compare Dutch duivel, Low German düvel, German Teufel, Swedish djävul (older: djefvul, Old Swedish diævul, Old Norse djǫfull).
- (theology) The chief devil; Satan.