Mischievous meaning

mĭs'chə-vəs

Matthew had a twin brother called Edward, who was always mischievous and badly behaved.

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Playful in a naughty or teasing way.
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Causing mischief.
  • Injurious; harmful.
  • Prankish; teasing; full of tricks.
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Causing harm, injury, or damage.

Mischievous rumors and falsehoods.

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Inclined to annoy or vex with playful tricks; naughty.
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The definition of mischievous is someone or something that causes harm or likes to play and annoy with tricks.

An example of mischievous is setting up traps for people to trip on.

An example of mischievous is a child doing something even though they've been told not to.

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Causing mischief.
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Troublesome; irritating.

A mischievous prank.

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Origin of mischievous

  • Middle English mischevous from mischef mischief mischief
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman meschevous, from Old French meschever, from mes- (“mis-") + chever (“come to an end") (from chef (“head")).
    From Wiktionary