This girl is up to mischief.
Mischief is playful and often harmless wrongdoing, pranks or bad behavior.
An example of mischief is the mild bad behavior by someone who is up-to-no-good.
- harm, damage, or injury, esp. that done by a person
- a cause or source of harm, damage, or annoyance; specif.,
- action or conduct that causes damage or trouble
- a person causing damage or annoyance
- a tendency or disposition to annoy or vex with playful tricks
- a troublesome or annoying act; prank; playful, vexing trick
- playful, harmless teasing
Origin of mischiefMiddle English meschief from Old French from meschever, to come to grief from mes- (see mis-) + chever, come to a head from chief, end, head (see chief)
- Behavior that causes annoyance or difficulty: tried to keep the kids from engaging in any mischief.
- a. Damage, destruction, or injury caused by a specific person or thing: the mischief done by a faulty gene.b. Archaic A specific injury or harm done: “Instead of doing them a service, you meant to do them a mischief?” ( Charles Dickens )
- The inclination or tendency to play pranks or get into trouble: eyes that gleamed with mischief.
Origin of mischiefMiddle English mischef from Old French meschief misfortune from meschever to end badly mes- badly ; see mis- 1. chever to happen, come to an end ( from Vulgar Latin capāre to come to a head ) ( from capum head ) ( from Latin caput ; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.)