Mischievous definition

mĭschə-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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Inclined to annoy or vex with playful tricks; naughty.
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Troublesome; irritating.

A mischievous prank.

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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 harm, injury, or damage.

Mischievous rumors and falsehoods.

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Causing mischief.
  • Injurious; harmful.
  • Prankish; teasing; full of tricks.
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Causing mischief.
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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