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
A few contemporary locutions and interpolations — most courtesy of Abbott's mischievous Touchstone — come into play.
A mischievous patient goes on an adventure, inadvertently complicating things for everyone.
Also very present are the mischievous auras of local legends Bob Dylan and The Band, whose songs are covered by Hudson for the album.
His cranky disposition plays off effectively with Meaney’s mischievous exterior, which belies his strongly held views of the conflict.
Bowie looks alternatively mischievous, feral, haunted and ecstatic.
Putin looks their way and flashes a mischievous grin.
The pair have great chemistry together and play off each other well with Cantor as the disapproving, stuffy lead pilot and Hunter as the playful, mischievous copilot.
There aren’t enough words to describe Yvette’s generous spirit, mischievous humor, and big heart, how one smile from her could turn around your worst day.
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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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