maliciously or playfully annoying.
causing annoyance, harm, or trouble.
roguishly or slyly teasing, as a glance.
harmful or injurious.
- mis·chie·vous·ly, adverb
- mis·chie·vous·ness, noun
- non·mis·chie·vous, adjective
- non·mis·chie·vous·ly, adverb
- non·mis·chie·vous·ness, noun
- un·mis·chie·vous, adjective
- un·mis·chie·vous·ly, adverb
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How to use mischievous in a sentence
To keep himself loose and pliable and imbued with the mischievousness that nourished him, Paul often resorted to practical jokes.
He was always sending impossible offerings to the magazines; innocently enough sometimes, but often out of pure mischievousness.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete | Albert Bigelow Paine
A very large proportion of the acts of mischievousness and wrong which boys commit arise from this cause.Rollo in Scotland | Jacob Abbott
The bandit seemed to her a decent man, a poor fellow whose mischievousness was exaggerated by popular fancy.The Blood of the Arena | Vicente Blasco Ibez
The falsity of the first two of these claims and the mischievousness of the last are self-evident.
She laid her finger tips upon his arm in proprietory fashion while a sly malice shone through the mischievousness of her smile.The Fighting Shepherdess | Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for mischievous
inclined to acts of mischief
teasing; slightly malicious: a mischievous grin
causing or intended to cause harm: a mischievous plot
- mischievously, adverb
- mischievousness, noun
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