mischief

[ mis-chif ]
/ ˈmɪs tʃɪf /

noun

Origin of mischief

1250–1300; Middle English meschef < Old French, noun derivative of meschever to end badly, come to grief. See mis-1, achieve

Synonym study

4. See damage.
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British Dictionary definitions for mischief

mischief

/ (ˈmɪstʃɪf) /

noun

wayward but not malicious behaviour, usually of children, that causes trouble, irritation, etc
a playful inclination to behave in this way or to tease or disturb
injury or harm caused by a person or thing
a person, esp a child, who is mischievous
a source of trouble, difficulty, etcfloods are a great mischief to the farmer

Word Origin for mischief

C13: from Old French meschief disaster, from meschever to meet with calamity; from mes- mis- 1 + chever to reach an end, from chef end, chief
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Idioms and Phrases with mischief

mischief


see make mischief.

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