[ 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.

  1. excessively; extremely: He's devilish proud.

Origin of devilish

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English; see origin at devil, -ish1

Other words for devilish

Other words from devilish

  • dev·il·ish·ly, adverb
  • dev·il·ish·ness, noun
  • su·per·dev·il·ish, adjective
  • su·per·dev·il·ish·ly, adverb
  • su·per·dev·il·ish·ness, noun
  • un·dev·il·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use devilish in a sentence

  • By all the codes which I am acquainted with, I am a devilishly wicked specimen of the sex.

  • His head was hurting devilishly; for a moment he thought that his plane had crashed, and that he was lying in the wreckage.

  • Devilishly ingenious on the part of the criminal, wasn't it?

    The Red Seal | Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • His devilishly handsome smile gleamed sardonically, and he twisted his nicely waxed mustache.

    The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham
  • When we are alone, I point my ears forward devilishly as a sign that I'm about to spring upon his scratching paper.

    Barks and Purrs | Colette Willy, aka Colette

British Dictionary definitions for devilish


/ (ˈdɛvəlɪʃ, ˈdɛvlɪʃ) /

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

adverb, adjectiveinformal
  1. (intensifier): devilish good food; this devilish heat

Derived forms of devilish

  • devilishly, adverb
  • devilishness, noun

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