Mischievous

  • 1 Mischievous — Mis chie*vous (m[i^]s ch[ e]*v[u^]s), a. Causing mischief; harmful; hurtful; now often applied where the evil is done carelessly or in sport; as, a mischievous child. Most mischievous foul sin. Shak. [1913 Webster] This false, wily, doubling… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 mischievous — index harmful, malevolent, malicious, noxious, peccant (culpable), pernicious, sinister, vicious …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 mischievous — (adj.) early 14c., unfortunate, disastrous, probably from MISCHIEF (Cf. mischief) + OUS (Cf. ous). Sense of playfully malicious or annoying first recorded 1670s. Related: Mischievously; mischievousness …

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  • 4 mischievous — roguish, waggish, impish, *playful, frolicsome, sportive Analogous words: annoying, bothering or bothersome, vexing or vexatious, irking or irksome (see corresponding verbs at ANNOY): naughty, *bad, evil, ill, wicked: tricky, foxy, insidious,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 mischievous — The erroneous pronunciation and spelling of this word as mischievious (four syllables) is one of the most commonly cited indications of poor use of language, and should be avoided …

    Modern English usage

  • 6 mischievous — [adj] devilish, wicked arch, artful, bad, bothersome, damaging, dangerous, deleterious, destructive, detrimental, dickens*, evil, exasperating, foxy*, frolicsome, harmful, hazardous, holy terror*, hurtful, ill, ill behaved, impish, injurious,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 mischievous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing or disposed to mischief. 2) intended to cause trouble. DERIVATIVES mischievously adverb mischievousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 mischievous — [mis′chə vəs] adj. [ME mischevous < Anglo Fr] 1. causing mischief; specif., a) injurious; harmful b) prankish; teasing; full of tricks 2. inclined to annoy or vex with playful tricks; naughty: said esp. of a child mischievously adv.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 mischievous — mis|chie|vous [ˈmıstʃıvəs] adj 1.) someone who is mischievous likes to have fun, especially by playing tricks on people or doing things to annoy or embarrass them ▪ Their sons are noisy and mischievous. mischievous smile/look etc ▪ Gabby looked… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 mischievous — mis|chie|vous [ mıstʃıvəs ] adjective a mischievous person, especially a child, enjoys having fun by causing trouble: There were always mischievous boys around. a. a mischievous look or expression shows that you enjoy having fun by causing… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 mischievous — [[t]mɪ̱stʃɪvəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED A mischievous person likes to have fun by playing harmless tricks on people or doing things they are not supposed to do. She rocks back and forth on her chair like a mischievous child... He s a little mischievous …

    English dictionary

  • 12 mischievous — UK [ˈmɪstʃɪvəs] / US adjective a mischievous person, especially a child, enjoys having fun by causing trouble There were always mischievous boys around. a) a mischievous look or expression shows that you enjoy having fun by causing trouble The… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 mischievous — adjective 1 liking to have fun, especially by playing tricks on people or doing things to annoy or embarrass them: a mischievous boy | mischievous smile/expression etc: Gabby looked at him with a mischievous grin. 2 causing trouble or quarrels… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 mischievous — adjective Date: 14th century 1. harmful, injurious < mischievous gossip > 2. a. able or tending to cause annoyance, trouble, or minor injury b. irresponsibly playful < mischievous behavior > • mischievously adverb • mischievousness …

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  • 15 mischievous — adjective 1) a mischievous child Syn: naughty, badly behaved, misbehaving, disobedient, troublesome, full of mischief; rascally, roguish Ant: well behaved 2) a mischievous smile Syn …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 mischievous — mischievously, adv. mischievousness, n. /mis cheuh veuhs/, adj. 1. maliciously or playfully annoying. 2. causing annoyance, harm, or trouble. 3. roguishly or slyly teasing, as a glance. 4. harmful or injurious. [1300 50; ME mischevous < AF… …

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  • 17 mischievous — adjective /ˈmɪsʧɪvəs/ a) Causing mischief; injurious. Matthew had a twin brother called Edward, who was always mischievous and badly behaved. b) Troublesome, cheeky, badly behaved. Syn: harmful …

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  • 18 mischievous — adj. Mischievous is used with these nouns: ↑child, ↑delight, ↑gleam, ↑glint, ↑grin, ↑look, ↑sense of humour, ↑smile, ↑twinkle …

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  • 19 mischievous —    All too commonly misspelled: All lawyers are really failed actors/ says Ackland mischieviously (Independent); He accused Harman of making misleading statements bordering on the mischievious after she claimed that drugs for patients would be… …

    Dictionary of troublesome word

  • 20 mischievous — [ mɪstʃɪvəs] adjective 1》 causing or disposed to mischief. 2》 intended to cause harm or trouble. Derivatives mischievously adverb mischievousness noun Origin ME (orig. unfortunate or calamitous , later having harmful effects ): from Anglo Norman… …

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