adjective Date: 15th century 1. resembling or befitting a devil: as a. evil, sinister b. mischievous, roguish <
a devilish grin
2. extreme <
in a devilish hurry
devilish adverbdevilishly adverbdevilishness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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