- Causing mischief; harmful; hurtful; -- now often applied
where the evil is done carelessly or in sport; as, a
mischievous child. ``Most mischievous foul sin.'' --Shak.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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mischievous — The erroneous pronunciation and spelling of this word as mischievious (four syllables) is one of the most commonly cited indications of poor use of language, and should be avoided … Modern English usage
mischievous — [adj] devilish, wicked arch, artful, bad, bothersome, damaging, dangerous, deleterious, destructive, detrimental, dickens*, evil, exasperating, foxy*, frolicsome, harmful, hazardous, holy terror*, hurtful, ill, ill behaved, impish, injurious,… … New thesaurus
mischievous — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing or disposed to mischief. 2) intended to cause trouble. DERIVATIVES mischievously adverb mischievousness noun … English terms dictionary
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mischievous — mis|chie|vous [ˈmıstʃıvəs] adj 1.) someone who is mischievous likes to have fun, especially by playing tricks on people or doing things to annoy or embarrass them ▪ Their sons are noisy and mischievous. mischievous smile/look etc ▪ Gabby looked… … Dictionary of contemporary English
mischievous — mis|chie|vous [ mıstʃıvəs ] adjective a mischievous person, especially a child, enjoys having fun by causing trouble: There were always mischievous boys around. a. a mischievous look or expression shows that you enjoy having fun by causing… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
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