mischievous

adjective
mis·​chie·​vous | \ ˈmis-chə-vəs How to pronounce mischievous (audio) , ˈmish-; nonstandard mis-ˈchē-vē-əs How to pronounce mischievous (audio) , mish-\

Definition of mischievous

1 : harmful, injurious mischievous gossip
2a : able or tending to cause annoyance, trouble, or minor injury
b : irresponsibly playful mischievous behavior

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Other Words from mischievous

mischievously adverb
mischievousness noun

Mischievous vs. Mischievious: Usage Guide

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
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And that regiment happens to be the proud home of Cruachan, the beloved, mischievous Shetland Pony. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Was Honored During the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle," 7 May 2019 Upstairs, where an elegant dinner designed by Susan Holland awaited, Sami Gayle—the beguiling actress, dancer, director, producer, and art enthusiast—turned to me with a mischievous grin. Ian Malone, Vogue, "The Public Art Fund Hosts a Fine Art Game Night," 12 Apr. 2019 One early photo shows the artist in full Communion regalia, complete with white dress, veil, clasped hands in prayer, and a demure smile undermined by a pair of mischievous eyes. Lillian Dondero, ELLE Decor, "Fashionably Late: An Editor's Take on the Frida Kahlo Exhibit in Brooklyn," 27 Mar. 2019 His and Kate's five-year-old son, Prince George, runs past the camera in a mischievous cameo. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Reportedly Learned to Style Princess Charlotte's Hair from YouTube Tutorials," 6 Mar. 2019 Yaz Bukey, whimsically dressed as a green-stemmed, bright pink flower, found a happy resting place in a splendid gilded throne that turned out to have once belonged to her great-grandfather, the mischievous King Farouk of Egypt. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Attends Serdar Gülgün’s Opulent Ottoman Ball in Istanbul," 4 Feb. 2019 The duo have a fun, mischievous dynamic on set and off. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Custom Details That Made Kaley Cuoco's Wedding So Dazzling," 16 Jan. 2019 Fanning resembles a very tall fairy; it’s not just her wide eyes, pert nose, and charmingly mischievous grin. Evelyn Crowley, Vogue, "Elle Fanning on Starring in Miu Miu’s New Fragrance Campaign—And the One Look She’ll Never Try," 15 Jan. 2019 Yule Lads are also figures from Icelandic lore, ranging from the mischievous to the murderous. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "10 Details in "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale" You Might Have Missed," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of mischievous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mischievous

see mischief

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mischievous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mischievous

: 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

adjective
mis·​chie·​vous | \ ˈmis-chə-vəs How to pronounce mischievous (audio) \

Kids Definition of mischievous

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

Other Words from mischievous

mischievously adverb

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