[dev-uh-lish, dev-lish]


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


excessively; extremely: He's devilish proud.

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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British Dictionary definitions for devilishly



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 devilishly



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

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