• Mischievous

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈmɪst͡ʃɪvəs/

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    Origin

    From Anglo-Norman meschevous, from Old French meschever, from mes- ("mis-") + chever ("come to an end") (from chef ("head")).

    Full definition of mischievous

    Adjective

    mischievous

    1. Causing mischief; injurious.
      • 1793, Joseph Butler, The Analogy of Religion, ...; that good and bad actions at present are naturally rewarded and punished, not only as beneficial and mischievous to society, but also as virtuous and civious; ...
      • 1892, Henry Sidgwick, Outlines of the History of Ethics, On the whole, therefore, he concludes that the point of indulgence at which these self-passions or self-affections begin to be mischievous to the individual coincides with that at which they begin to be mischievous to society; ...
    2. Troublesome, cheeky, badly behaved.Matthew had a twin brother called Edward, who was always mischievous and badly behaved.

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