Definition of mischief
- the polished floor … often causes mischiefs — bruises, sprains, dislocations
- —Herbert Spencer
- He's a real mischief to his family.
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
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: 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
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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