Definition of mischief
1 : a specific injury or damage attributed to a particular agent the polished floor … often causes mischiefs — bruises, sprains, dislocations — Herbert Spencer
2 : a cause or source of harm, evil, or irritation; especially : a person who causes mischief He's a real mischief to his family.
Examples of mischief in a Sentence
It's hard to keep him out of mischief.
the children claimed that setting off a firecracker was harmless mischief, but they got a lecture anyway
Recent Examples of mischief from the Web
Michael Tate Reed, 32, of Van Buren, Arkansas, was booked in the Pulaski County jail shortly after 7:30 a.m. on preliminary charges of defacing objects of public interest, criminal trespass and first-degree criminal mischief.
In addition to the December 2015 charges later dismissed, Beals pleaded guilty to a criminal mischief charge in a domestic violence case from May 2015.
These migratory mischief-makers can be found almost anywhere there's long grass or shrubbery, squawking and pecking at passersby to protect their mates.
A municipal court judge gave Looney one-year probation and fined him $100 for assault and $50 for malicious mischief.
Many dog Instagram posts are playful, reflecting canines’ preference for treats, playmates, mischief, a wariness of baths, and affection for human moms and dads.
The charges against Mejia from the apartment robbery are third-degree grand theft, burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and criminal mischief under $200.
As an act of balance or mischief, Gov. John Hickenlooper then appointed Moser, a former Black Hills attorney, as the Republican member of the commission.
Later that evening at approximately 6:30p.m., officers responded to the area of McDonald road and Theodore Dawes Road in reference to several criminal mischief complaints.
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MISCHIEF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mischief for English Language Learners
: behavior or activity that is annoying but that is not meant to cause serious harm or damage
: a playful desire to cause trouble
: harmful behavior
MISCHIEF Defined for Kids
Definition of mischief for Students
1 : behavior or activity that annoys or bothers but is not meant to cause serious harm It was a typical school plan to keep us out of mischief. — Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
2 : injury or damage caused by a person
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