devilish

[ dev-uh-lish, dev-lish ]
/ ˈdɛv ə lɪʃ, ˈdɛv lɪʃ /

adjective

of, like, or befitting a devil; diabolical; fiendish.
extreme; very great: a devilish mess.

adverb

excessively; extremely: He's devilish proud.

Nearby words

  1. devil's-paintbrush,
  2. devil's-tongue,
  3. devil's-walking-stick,
  4. devil-may-care,
  5. devilfish,
  6. devilkin,
  7. devilled,
  8. devilment,
  9. devilry,
  10. devils island

Origin of devilish

1400–50; late Middle English. See devil, -ish1

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for devilish

devilish

/ (ˈdɛvəlɪʃ, ˈdɛvlɪʃ) /

adjective

of, resembling, or befitting a devil; diabolic; fiendish

adverb, adjective informal

(intensifier)devilish good food; this devilish heat
Derived Formsdevilishly, adverbdevilishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for devilish

devilish

adj.

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

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