- 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.
This girl is up to mischief.
mischief definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English meschief ; from Old French ; from meschever, to come to grief ; from mes- (see mis-) plush chever, come to a head ; from chief, end, head (see chief)
mischief definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Behavior that causes discomfiture or annoyance in another.
- An inclination or tendency to play pranks or cause embarrassment.
- One that causes minor trouble or disturbance: The child was a mischief in school.
- Damage, destruction, or injury caused by a specific person or thing: The broken window was the mischief of vandals.
- The state or quality of being mischievous.
Origin: Middle 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).