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Meaning of mischief by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old French, meschief, from meschever ( “to bring to grief” ), from mes- ( “badly” ) + chever ( “happen", "come to a head” ), from Vulgar Latin *capare, from Latin caput ( “head” )


    • IPA: /ˈmɪstʃɨf/, /ˈmɪʃtʃɨf/
    • Rhymes: -ɪstʃɪf


    mischief ( plural: mischiefs )

    1. Harm or evil caused by an agent or brought about by a particular cause .
    2. One who causes mischief. In a milder sense, one who causes petty annoyances. mischief-maker .
    3. Vexatious or annoying conduct .



    • ( evil ): agitation, annoyance, corruption, damage, demolition, destruction, detriment, disablement, disruption, evil, harm, hurt, ill, impairment, incapacitation, injury, nuisance, pique, ravage, sabotage, scathe, trouble, undoing, unmaking, vexation, weakening, wrong
    • ( mischief-maker ): bad boy, booger, buffoon, bugger, cutup, devil, elf, enfant terrible, fun-maker, hell-raiser, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, imp, joker, jokester, knave, life of the party, little devil, little monkey, little rascal, minx, mischief-maker, pixie, practical joker, prankster, puck, rapscallion, rascal, rogue, rowdy, ruffian, scamp, scapegrace, thug, trouble maker, vandal, wag
    • ( annoying conduct ): bad manners, badness, delinquincy, devilishness, devilment, devilry, deviltry, disobedience, elfishness, goings-on, hanky-panky, impishness, impropriety, misbehavior, mischievousness, misconduct, misdemeanor, monkey business, naughtiness, prankishness, pranksomeness, puckishness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, scampishness
    • See also Wikisaurus:villain
    • See also Wikisaurus:troublemaker

Explanation of mischief by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others

    2. the quality or nature of being harmful or evil

    Definition of mischief by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Mischief ( mĭschĭf ), n. [OE. meschef bad result, OF. meschief; pref. mes- ( L. minus less ) + chief end, head, F. chef chief. See Minus, and Chief.]

      1. Harm; damage; esp., disarrangement of order; trouble or vexation caused by human agency or by some living being, intentionally or not; often, calamity, mishap; trivial evil caused by thoughtlessness, or in sport. Chaucer.

      Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs. Ps. lii. 2.

      The practice whereof shall, I hope, secure me from many mischiefs. Fuller.

      2. Cause of trouble or vexation; trouble. Milton.

      The mischief was, these allies would never allow that the common enemy was subdued. Swift.

      To be in mischief, to be doing harm or causing annoyance. -- To make mischief, to do mischief, especially by exciting quarrels. -- To play the mischief, to cause great harm; to throw into confusion. [Colloq.]

      Syn. -- Damage; harm; hurt; injury; detriment; evil; ill. -- Mischief, Damage, Harm. Damage is an injury which diminishes the value of a thing; harm is an injury which causes trouble or inconvenience; mischief is an injury which disturbs the order and consistency of things. We often suffer damage or harm from accident, but mischief always springs from perversity or folly.

    2. Mischief, v. t. To do harm to. [Obs.] Milton.