- 1Causing or showing a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way: mischievous children a mischievous grinMore example sentences
- I can be playful, mischievous, or silly depending on how you look at things.
- He phoned a pal who told him to try to ease the mischievous kitten from under the machine using cooking oil.
- This politician is charming and likeable but carries the air of a bit of a mischievous rogue.
- 2(Of an action or statement) causing or intended to cause harm or trouble: a mischievous allegation for which there is not a shred of evidenceMore example sentences
malicious, malevolent, hostile, spiteful, bitter, venomous, poisonous, evil-intentioned, ill-natured, evil, baleful, vindictive, vengeful, vitriolic, rancorous, malign, malignant, pernicious, mean, nasty, harmful, hurtful, destructive, wounding, cruel, unkind, defamatory
- He gave a mischievous response when asked if he will continue to speak his mind if he feels circumstances demand that.
- This practice of profiling is mischievous and harmful to a tolerant and developing society.
- At some point, the paper will do something mischievous that prompts questions to be asked of its management.
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- 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.
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- 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!
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.
Mischievous is a three-syllable word; it should not be pronounced with four syllables, as if it were spelled mischievious /mɪsˈtʃiːvɪəs/.