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Syllabification: mis·chie·vous
Pronunciation: /ˈmisCHivəs

Definition of mischievous in English:


1(Of a person, animal, or their behavior) causing or showing a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way: two mischievous kittens had decorated the bed with shredded newspaper
More 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.
naughty, badly behaved, misbehaving, disobedient, troublesome, full of mischief;
rascally, roguish
playful, teasing, wicked, impish, roguish, arch
1.1(Of an action or thing) causing or intended to cause harm or trouble: a mischievous allegation for which there is not a shred of evidence
More example sentences
  • 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.


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. Take care not to use this incorrect four-syllable pronunciation: /misˈCHēvēəs/.



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.


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!

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