from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing mischief.
  • adj. Playful in a naughty or teasing way.
  • adj. Troublesome; irritating: a mischievous prank.
  • adj. Causing harm, injury, or damage: mischievous rumors and falsehoods.

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  • adj. Causing mischief; injurious.
  • adj. Troublesome, cheeky, badly behaved.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Causing mischief; harmful; hurtful; -- now often applied where the evil is done carelessly or in sport.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Producing or tending to produce mischief or harm; injurious; deleterious; hurtful.
  • Fond of mischief; full of tricks; teasing or troublesome: as, a mischievous boy.
  • Synonyms Destructive, detrimental. See injury.
  • Roguish.

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

  • adj. deliberately causing harm or damage
  • adj. naughtily or annoyingly playful


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English mischevous, from mischef, mischief; see mischief.

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From Anglo-Norman meschevous, from Old French meschever, from mes- ("mis-") + chever ("come to an end") (from chef ("head")).


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  • It would be mischievous of you to pronounce this word miss-CHEE-vee-us when you know how much I hate that.

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