mischief

  • 1 mischief — I noun annoyance, criminality, cruelty, damage, damnum, danger, detriment, devilment, deviltry, disservice, evil, evil conduct, fault, foul play, frolicsomeness, harm, harmful action, hurt, ill consequence, impishness, incommodum, infliction,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Mischief — Mis chief (m[i^]s ch[i^]f), n. [OE. meschef bad result, OF. meschief; pref. mes (L. minus less) + chief end, head, F. chef chief. See {Minus}, and {Chief}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Harm; damage; esp., disarrangement of order; trouble or vexation caused …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 mischief — ► NOUN 1) playful misbehaviour. 2) harm or injury caused by someone or something. ● do someone a mischief Cf. ↑do someone a mischief ORIGIN Old French meschief, from meschever come to an unfortunate end …

    English terms dictionary

  • 4 mischief — (n.) c.1300, evil condition, misfortune, need, want, from O.Fr. meschief misfortune, harm, trouble; annoyance, vexation (12c., Mod.Fr. méchef), verbal noun from meschever come or bring to grief, be unfortunate (opposite of achieve), from mes… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 Mischief — Mis chief, v. t. To do harm to. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 mischief — *injury, hurt, damage, harm Analogous words: perniciousness, detrimentalness or detriment, deleteriousness, noxiousness, banefulness or bane (see corresponding adjectives at PERNICIOUS): *evil, ill: impairment, marring, spoiling (see… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 mischief — [n] trouble, damage atrocity, catastrophe, devilment, devilry, dirty trick*, evil, fault, friskiness, frolicsomeness, funny business*, gag, harm, high jinks*, hurt, ill, impishness, injury, misbehavior, mischievousness, misconduct, misdoing,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 mischief — [mis′chif] n. [ME meschief < OFr < meschever, to come to grief < mes (see MIS 1) + chever, come to a head < chief, end, head (see CHIEF)] 1. harm, damage, or injury, esp. that done by a person 2. a cause or source of harm, damage, or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Mischief — For other uses, see Mischief (disambiguation). H. Brückner, Mischief (1874) Mischief is a vexatious or annoying action, or, conduct or activity that playfully causes petty annoyance. Young children, when they hear of mischief, think of practical… …

    Wikipedia

  • 10 mischief — n. 1) to cause, do, make mischief 2) to be up to, get into mischief 3) malicious mischief 4) out of mischief (to stay out of mischief; to keep children out of mischief) 5) full of mischief 6) up to mischief * * * [ mɪstʃɪf] do get into mischief… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 mischief — mis|chief [ mıstʃıf ] noun uncount behavior or play, especially of children, that causes trouble but not serious harm to other people: be up to/get up to mischief (=do something bad): The boys are always up to some kind of mischief! get into… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 mischief — UK [ˈmɪstʃɪf] / US noun [uncountable] behaviour or play, especially of children, that causes trouble but not serious harm to other people be up to/get up to mischief (= do something bad): The boys are always up to some mischief or other. get into …

    English dictionary

  • 13 mischief — mis|chief [ˈmıstʃıf] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: meschief something bad that happens , from mes ( MIS ) + chief head, end ] 1.) [U] bad behaviour, especially by children, that causes trouble or damage, but no serious harm ▪ Now run… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 mischief — noun 1 (U) bad behaviour, especially by children, that causes trouble or damage, but no serious harm: get into mischief (=behave in a way that causes trouble): Now run along, and don t get into mischief. | be up to mischief (=plan or do something …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 mischief — n. 1 conduct which is troublesome, but not malicious, esp. in children. 2 pranks, scrapes (get into mischief; keep out of mischief). 3 playful malice, archness, satire (eyes full of mischief). 4 harm or injury caused by a person or thing. 5 a… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 mischief — [[t]mɪ̱stʃɪf[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Mischief is playing harmless tricks on people or doing things you are not supposed to do. It can also refer to the desire to do this. The little lad was a real handful. He was always up to mischief... Boys at that… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 mischief — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ criminal (law) … OF MISCHIEF ▪ glint, hint ▪ There was a glint of mischief in her eyes. VERB + MISCHIEF …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 mischief — noun /ˈmɪstʃɨf,ˈmɪʃtʃɨf/ a) Harm or evil caused by an agent or brought about by a particular cause. b) One who causes mischief. In a milder sense, one who causes petty annoyances. mischief maker. Syn: agitation, annoyance, corruption, damage,… …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 mischief — noun Etymology: Middle English meschief, from Anglo French, misfortune, hardship, from Old French meschever to come out badly, mes + chief head, end more at chief Date: 14th century 1. a specific injury or damage attributed to a particular agent… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 20 mischief — noun 1) the boys are always getting into mischief Syn: naughtiness, bad behavior, misbehavior, mischievousness, misconduct, disobedience; pranks, tricks, capers, nonsense, devilry, funny business; informal monkey business, shenanigans, carryings… …

    Thesaurus of popular words


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