Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, resembling, or characteristic of a devil, as.
  • adjective Malicious; evil.
  • adjective Mischievous, teasing, or annoying.
  • adjective Excessive; extreme.
  • adverb Extremely; very.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Excessively; enormously.
  • Characteristic of the devil; befitting the devil, or a devil or demon; diabolical; malignant: as, a devilish scheme; devilish conduct.
  • Extreme; enormous.
  • Synonyms Satanic, infernal, hellish, impious, wicked, atrocious, nefarious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Resembling, characteristic of, or pertaining to, the devil; diabolical; wicked in the extreme.
  • adjective colloq. Extreme; excessive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Resembling a devil.
  • adjective Characteristic of a devil.
  • adjective informal Extreme, excessive.
  • adverb informal Devilishly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a playfully devilish manner
  • adjective showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil
  • adjective playful in an appealingly bold way

Etymologies

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devil +‎ -ish

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