Definitions for mischiefˈmɪs tʃɪf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mis•chiefˈmɪs tʃɪf(n.)

  1. conduct or activity that causes petty annoyance.

  2. a tendency to tease or annoy.

  3. harm or trouble:

    to come to mischief.

  4. an injury or evil caused by a person or thing.

  5. a cause or source of harm, evil, or annoyance.

Origin of mischief:

1250–1300; < OF, n. der. of meschever to end badly. See mis -1, achieve

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, deviltry, devilry, devilment, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan(noun)

    reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others

  2. maleficence, mischief, balefulness(noun)

    the quality or nature of being harmful or evil

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mischief(noun)ˈmɪs tʃɪf

    behavior such as playing tricks and making jokes for fun

    Don't get into any mischief.


  1. mischief(Noun)

    Harm or evil caused by an agent or brought about by a particular cause.

  2. mischief(Noun)

    One who causes mischief. In a milder sense, one who causes petty annoyances. mischief-maker.

  3. mischief(Noun)

    Vexatious or annoying conduct.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mischief(noun)

    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

  2. Mischief(noun)

    cause of trouble or vexation; trouble

  3. Mischief(verb)

    to do harm to


  1. Mischief

    The etymology of the word comes from Old French meschief, which means "misfortune,' from meschever, "to end badly." In United States criminal law, mischief is an offense against property that does not involve conversion. It typically involves any damage, defacement, alteration, or destruction of property. Common forms include vandalism, graffiti, or some other destruction or defacement of property other than arson. Governed by state law, criminal mischief is committed when a perpetrator, having no right to do so nor any reasonable ground to believe that he/she has such right, intentionally damages property of another person, intentionally participates in the destruction of property of another person, or participates in the reckless damage or destruction of property of another person. Criminal mischief is usually a misdemeanor. In computer science and hacker jargon, mischief is a form of attack that clearly indicates the breach of the system and constitutes a form of injury or an infringement of rights, more specifically invasion of privacy, against which legal action can be taken to secure damages. Grey hat hackers often use mischief as a way to signal security breaches to system administrators.

Translations for mischief

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


action or behaviour (especially of children) that causes small troubles or annoyance to others

That boy is always up to some mischief.

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