Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

devilry

play
noun dev·il·ry \ˈde-vəl-rē\

Definition of devilry

plural dev·il·ries or dev·il·tries

  1. 1 a :  action performed with the help of the devil :  witchcraft b :  wickedness c :  mischief

  2. 2 :  an act of devilry



Examples of devilry

  1. <children always getting into some devilry>

  2. <superstitious villagers who were quick to attribute an unexpected occurrence to devilry>



14th Century

First Known Use of devilry

14th century

Variants of devilry

or dev·il·try play \-vəl-trē\

Rhymes with devilry



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up devilry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 9, 2016

marked by high spirits and laughter

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders pince-nez duvet spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ