What does mischief mean?

Definitions for mischief
ˈmɪs tʃɪfmis·chief

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mischief.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mischief, mischief-making, mischievousness, deviltry, devilry, devilment, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigannoun

    reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others

  2. maleficence, mischief, balefulnessnoun

    the quality or nature of being harmful or evil

Wiktionary

  1. mischiefnoun

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

  2. mischiefnoun

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

  3. mischiefnoun

    Vexatious or annoying conduct.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mischiefnoun

    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. Mischiefnoun

    cause of trouble or vexation; trouble

  3. Mischiefverb

    to do harm to

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mischief

    mis′chif, n. an ill consequence: evil: injury: damage, hurt: (coll.) the devil, as in 'What the mischief,' &c.—n. Mis′chief-mak′er, one who incites to mischief.—adjs. Mis′chief-mak′ing, causing mischief; Mis′chievous, causing mischief: injurious: prone to mischief.—adv. Mis′chievously.—n. Mis′chievousness.—Play the mischief with, to disturb anything greatly. [O. Fr. meschef, from mes-, ill, chef—L. caput, the head.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mischief

    See MASTER OF MISRULE.

Editors Contribution

  1. mischief

    naughty behavior, misbehaviour in a playful way sometimes causing harm

    The little mischiefs of childhood are no longer funny.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 15, 2019  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mischief in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mischief in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of mischief in a Sentence

  1. Jitendra Singh:

    There have been earlier also reports of Pakistan infiltration and cross-border mischief in this area.

  2. Jim Kenney:

    We felt that with the tension, tonight being mischief night, we wanted to try to get as many people indoors as possible.

  3. Aristotle:

    In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.

  4. Robert Hall:

    The innocence of the intention abates nothing of the mischief of the example.

  5. Aaron Hill:

    Oh, treacherous night thou lendest thy ready veil to every treason, and teeming mischief's beneath thy shade.

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  • беляBulgarian
  • rošťárna, rošťák, darebáctví, darebák, vandal, spoušť, škodaCzech
  • drygioni, direidiWelsh
  • balladeDanish
  • Unheil, Unfug, StörenfriedGerman
  • αταξία, άτακτος, διαβολιά, σκανδαλιάρηςGreek
  • revoltoso, travesura, picardía, travieso, diablura, maldad, dañoSpanish
  • بدبختیPersian
  • kiusanteko, ilkamointi, kujeilu, ilkivalta, pahanteko, jäynäFinnish
  • espièglerie, sottise, bêtise, espiègle, polissonnerieFrench
  • trioblaidScottish Gaelic
  • शरारतHindi
  • bajkeverő, bajHungarian
  • danno, malandrino, birbone, birboneria, vessatorio, malanno, bravata, indisponente, dispettoItalian
  • 悪戯, いたずらっ子Japanese
  • ಕಿಡಿಗೇಡಿತನKannada
  • niegodziwość, szkodaPolish
  • озорник, шалость, зло, вред, проказник, шалун, озорствоRussian
  • potvorstvo, darebák, potvora, zlota, nezbedníkSlovak
  • bråkstake, hyss, buse, bråkmakare, ofog, bus, odågaSwedish

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