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[dev-uh-lish, dev-lish]
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  1. of, like, or befitting a devil; diabolical; fiendish.
  2. extreme; very great: a devilish mess.
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  1. excessively; extremely: He's devilish proud.
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Origin of devilish

1400–50; late Middle English. See devil, -ish1
Related formsdev·il·ish·ly, adverbdev·il·ish·ness, nounsu·per·dev·il·ish, adjectivesu·per·dev·il·ish·ly, adverbsu·per·dev·il·ish·ness, nounun·dev·il·ish, adjective

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Related Words for devilish

demonic, diabolical, accursed, atrocious, bad, cursed, damnable, detestable, diabolic, evil, execrable, fiendish, hellish, infernal, inhuman, iniquitous, nefarious, satanic, serpentine, unhallowed

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British Dictionary definitions for devilish


  1. of, resembling, or befitting a devil; diabolic; fiendish
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adverb, adjective informal
  1. (intensifier)devilish good food; this devilish heat
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Derived Formsdevilishly, adverbdevilishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for devilish


mid-15c.; see devil + -ish. Related: Devilishly; devilishness.

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