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Mischievousness



[mis-chuh-vuh s] /ˈmɪs tʃə vəs/

adjective
1.
maliciously or playfully annoying.
2.
causing annoyance, harm, or trouble.
3.
roguishly or slyly teasing, as a glance.
4.
harmful or injurious.
/ˈmɪstʃɪvəs/
adjective
1.
inclined to acts of mischief
2.
teasing; slightly malicious: a mischievous grin
3.
causing or intended to cause harm: a mischievous plot
adj.

early 14c., “unfortunate, disastrous,” probably from mischief + -ous. Sense of “playfully malicious or annoying” first recorded 1670s. Related: Mischievously; mischievousness.

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