Definition of mischief noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪstʃɪf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪstʃɪf//
    [uncountable] Describing annoying traits
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  1. 1bad behaviour (especially of children) that is annoying but does not cause any serious damage or harm Those children are always getting into mischief. I try to keep out of mischief. It's very quiet upstairs; they must be up to some mischief! See related entries: Describing annoying traits
  2. 2the wish or tendency to behave or play in a way that causes trouble Her eyes were full of mischief.
  3. 3(formal) harm or injury that is done to somebody or to their reputation The incident caused a great deal of political mischief.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting misfortune or distress): from Old French meschief, from the verb meschever, from mes- ‘adversely’ + chever ‘come to an end’ (from chef ‘head’).Extra examples Such people will do anything they can to make mischief. There was a glint of mischief in her eyes. Try to stay out of mischief, will you?Idioms (British English, informal) to hurt yourself physically Watch how you use those scissors—you could do yourself a mischief! to do or say something deliberately to upset other people, or cause trouble between them
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