Mischief Definition

A cause or source of harm, damage, or annoyance.
Webster's New World
Harm, damage, or injury, esp. that done by a person.
Webster's New World
Damage, destruction, or injury caused by a specific person or thing.
The mischief done by a faulty gene.
American Heritage
A tendency or disposition to annoy or vex with playful tricks.
Webster's New World
A troublesome or annoying act; prank; playful, vexing trick.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Mischief

  • Middle English mischef from Old French meschief misfortune from meschever to end badly mes- badly mis–1 chever to happen, come to an end (from Vulgar Latin capāre to come to a head) (from capum head) (from Latin caput kaput- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, meschief, from meschever (“to bring to grief"), from mes- (“badly") + chever (“happen", "come to a head"), from Vulgar Latin *capare, from Latin caput (“head")

    From Wiktionary

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