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English definition of “mischievous”

mischievous

adjective uk   /ˈmɪs.tʃɪ.vəs/ us  
behaving in a way, or describing behaviour, that is slightly bad but is not intended to cause serious harm or damage: She has a mischievous sense of humour. a book about the mischievous antics of his ten-year-old daughterBad but attractive expressing or suggesting mischief: a mischievous grinBad but attractive describes behaviour or words that are intended to cause harm or trouble: I think these rumours are mischievous.Bad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant
mischievously
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
to grin mischievouslyBad but attractive
mischievousness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Bad but attractiveBad and wrong behaviourDisobedientObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliant
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