Mischief is playful and often harmless wrongdoing, pranks or bad behavior.(noun)
An example of mischief is the mild bad behavior by someone who is up-to-no-good.
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Origin: ME meschief < OFr < meschever, to come to grief < mes- (see mis-) + chever, come to a head < chief, end, head (see chief)
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Origin: Middle English mischef
Origin: , from Old French meschief, misfortune
Origin: , from meschever, to end badly
Origin: : mes-, badly; see mis-1
Origin: + 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).
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