adjective \ˈde-vəl-ish, ˈdev-lish\

: evil and cruel

: showing a desire to cause trouble but in a way that is not serious

Full Definition of DEVILISH

:  resembling or befitting a devil: as
a :  evil, sinister
b :  mischievous, roguish <a devilish grin>
:  extreme <in a devilish hurry>
devilish adverb
dev·il·ish·ly adverb
dev·il·ish·ness noun

Examples of DEVILISH

  1. She was attracted by his devilish charm.
  2. There was a devilish look of mischief in her eyes.

First Known Use of DEVILISH

15th century


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