- 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."
- 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
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 or 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 gwel&schwa;- 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.