Origin of mischief
Examples from the Web for mischief
His entry takes the reader through a day of mischief with Bast, the somewhat mysterious creature from the Chronicles series.Inside George R.R. Martin’s New Book (Mild Buzzkill: Only One Story is Martin’s)|William O’Connor|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The move apparently was to make sure none of the invitees was up to any mischief.Up to Speed: All You Need to Know About the Thai Coup|Lennox Samuels|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most of the time, the mischief is buried deep in the spreadsheets.Powerbroker Richard Ravitch Thinks New York Might Be Doomed|Josh Robin|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the mountain, as on the planet, the god of mischief will continue to rule.
Probably the greatest Halloween prank ever took place 75 years ago on Mischief Night.When Mars Attacked 75 Years Ago—And Everyone Believed It|Marc Wortman|October 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We knew some mischief was afoot, and they were so eager on it that we came up unnoticed.The Free Rangers|Joseph A. Altsheler
At that moment, I was heartily sorry for all the mischief I had done.Jewish Children|Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
Her eyes grew brighter with mischief and laughter—laughter, the greatest magician and doctor emeritus of them all!The Moonlit Way|Robert W. Chambers
Jean gave in and varnished his pelt thoroughly with my "punkie dope," as he called it; but, too late; the mischief was done.Woodcraft and Camping|George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
Yet the dogs—ay, there was the mischief—and the lurching ne'er-do-weels coming back in such dismal pickle.
British Dictionary definitions for mischief
Word Origin for mischief
Word Origin and History for mischief
c.1300, "evil condition, misfortune, need, want," from Old French meschief "misfortune, harm, trouble; annoyance, vexation" (12c., Modern French méchef), verbal noun from meschever "come or bring to grief, be unfortunate" (opposite of achieve), from mes- "badly" (see mis- (2)) + chever "happen, come to a head," from Vulgar Latin *capare "head," from Latin caput "head" (see capitulum). Meaning "harm or evil considered as the work of some agent or due to some cause" is from late 15c. Sense of "playful malice" first recorded 1784.
Mischief Night in 19c. England was the eve of May Day and of Nov. 5, both major holidays, and perhaps the original point was pilfering for the next day's celebration and bonfire; but in Yorkshire, Scotland, and Ireland the night was Halloween. The useful Middle English verb mischieve (early 14c.) has, for some reason, fallen from currency.
Idioms and Phrases with mischief
see make mischief.