Definition of mischievous in English:

mischievous

Line breaks: mis¦chiev|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪstʃɪvəs
 
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adjective

Derivatives

mischievously

adverb
More example sentences
  • In fact, he sometimes smiles mischievously when remembering escapades from his wild years.
  • When her father turned up at the school gate in a hired Aston Martin recently, he mischievously asked if this mode of transport was cool enough for her.
  • It was fine not being able to talk, he says mischievously.

mischievousness

noun
More example sentences
  • We grew up together and I knew him to be a smart, funny and outgoing guy - though oftentimes very troubled, with a streak of mischievousness.
  • According to Prince Charles, the Queen Mother had an ‘utterly irresistible mischievousness of spirit’; ‘she saw the funny side and we laughed until we cried’.
  • Yes, the children are naughty too, as one would expect all over the world I guess, yet here I find that children are still children expressing nothing more than an innocent and adventurous mischievousness!

Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French meschevous, from Old French meschever 'come to an unfortunate end' (see mischief). The early sense was 'unfortunate or calamitous', later 'having harmful effects'; the sense 'playfully troublesome' dates from the late 17th century.

Usage

Mischievous is a three-syllable word; it should not be pronounced with four syllables, as if it were spelled mischievious /mɪsˈtʃiːvɪəs/.

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