Adjective "mischievous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Causing or showing a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way.
  1. 'a mischievous grin'
  2. 'A council has waged war on mischievous Halloween youngsters by banning children from buying eggs, it emerged today.'
  3. 'You never saw two siblings that were more mischievous.'
  4. 'He gave her a little mischievous smile and returned his attention back to the teacher.'
  5. 'Byron was shoved out of the way rather forcefully by two identical twins with very mischievous grins.'
  6. 'She smiled at the mussed blonde hair and the cute, slightly mischievous look on Adrian's face.'
  7. 'Sure he was a bit mischievous, but so was she.'
  8. 'She almost believed him until she saw the mischievous gleam in his brown eyes.'
  9. 'I can be playful, mischievous, or silly depending on how you look at things.'
  10. 'Sam shook his head, and a slightly mischievous smile appeared on his face.'
  11. 'I could see that same mischievous glint in his eyes which was once a part of his personality.'
(of an action or statement) causing or intended to cause harm or trouble.
  1. 'He gave a mischievous response when asked if he will continue to speak his mind if he feels circumstances demand that.'
  2. 'Can anyone direct us to where these mischievous articles have appeared?'
  3. 'He is always doing something mischievous and looks guilty at all times.'


1. maliciously or playfully annoying.

2. causing annoyance, harm, or trouble.

3. roguishly or slyly teasing, as a glance.

4. harmful or injurious.

More examples(as adjective)

"grins can be mischievous."

"smiles can be mischievous."

"people can be mischievous."

"eyes can be mischievous."

"looks can be mischievous."

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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French meschevous, from Old French meschever ‘come to an unfortunate end’ (see mischief). The early sense was ‘unfortunate or calamitous’, later ‘having harmful effects’; the sense ‘playfully troublesome’ dates from the late 17th century.