V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. purposely causing trouble, harm, or annoyance; 2. recklessly playful

Synonyms: naughty, playful, impish, troublesome, annoying, devilish, disobedient

Antonyms: well-behaved

Tips: Although mischievous used to refer mostly to behavior that caused harm, now it most often refers to the, perhaps irritating, but not seriously damaging, trouble caused by children. It comes from the word mischief, which refers to bad behavior.

Usage Examples:

The little kitten was very mischievous, always getting into things. (naughty, playful)

The boy gave his sister a mischievous wink when his mother's back was turned. (naughty, impish)

Dennis the Menace could be better characterized as mischievous than menacing. (playful, naughty)

The kids got into all sorts of mischief when their parents left them alone for a couple hours. (trouble, naughty behavior) noun

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