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