mischievous vs. mischievious
A pronunciation \mis-ˈchē-vē-əs\ and a consequent spelling mischievious are of long standing: evidence for the spelling goes back to the 16th century. Our pronunciation files contain modern attestations ranging from dialect speakers to Herbert Hoover. But both the pronunciation and the spelling are still considered nonstandard.
Examples of mischievous in a Sentence
In passing the test of killing itself if infected, cancerous or genetically mischievous, a cell by definition dies. —Matt Ridley, Genome, 1999
… Pedro Martinez, could be found in the dugout, usually wearing sneakers instead of spikes, his tongue flying about as fiercely as one of his mischievous fastballs. —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 11 Oct. 1999
Setsu grew, too, from a mischievous, laughing little girl into a gay, willful, pretty girl. —Pearl S. Buck, The Big Wave, 1947
the children had been so mischievous that we had to pay the babysitter extra and then clean up the mess
punished for their mischievous tricks on the neighbors
Recent Examples of mischievous from the Web
The captivating coming-of-age tale tracks the adventures of mischievous 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), who lives with her single mom (Bria Vinaite) at a seedy roadside motel in the shadow of Disney World.
The F in this case stands for food, but the series promises that Ramsay will show his most mischievous side outside the kitchen.
The mischievous macaques — who have deceptively sweet faces — take tourists’ belongings, only returning them in exchange for food, according to New Scientist.
Meanwhile, Ginger, a mischievous blue teddy bear, takes a tour of spook HQ –
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Origin and Etymology of mischievous
First Known Use: 14th century
MISCHIEVOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mischievous for English Language Learners
: causing or tending to cause annoyance or minor harm or damage
: showing a playful desire to cause trouble
: intended to harm someone or someone's reputation
MISCHIEVOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of mischievous for Students
1 : causing or likely to cause minor injury or harm a mischievous puppy
2 : showing a spirit of irresponsible fun or playfulness The boy had a mischievous look on his face.
3 : harming or intended to do harm mischievous gossip
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