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She flashed a mischievous grin and threw the water balloon.
  naughtily or annoyingly playful


tending to create mischief (minor harm — especially from bad behavior)
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In archaic literature mischievous often refers to bad behavior without any connotation of playfulness or of the harm being minor.
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  • She flashed a mischievous grin and threw the water balloon.
  • The mischievous children spilled chocolate syrup all over the kitchen.
  • "Are you Via’s boyfriend?" Auggie asked mischievously, and his sister pulled his cap down over his face.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • I must warn you, though, that they are rather mischievous. [the Oompa-Loompa]
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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  • His eyes had a mischievous, reckless light in them.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • "But to be honest," she whispered with a mischievous look, "some of the tellings are a little boring."
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • She leaned back from them, even hit out at them, but playfully, mischievously.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I was crazy about his smile, which made him look so boyish and mischievous.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • It was obviously strange to her to think that this stern handsome man should be Andrusha—the slender mischievous boy who had been her playfellow in childhood.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Hermione suddenly smiled very mischievously, and Harry noticed it too: It was a very different smile from the one he remembered.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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  • ’That’s all right, Padre,’ he answered with mischievous merriment, trying hard to keep a straight face.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • What food for gossip to those mischievously inclined.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • "Going out for exercise," answered Jo with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • I was sweeping the hearth, and I noticed a mischievous smile on her lips.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • To climb a wall, to break a branch, to purloin apples, is a mischievous trick in a child; for a man it is a misdemeanor; for a convict it is a crime.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was set on fire by mischievous boys, one Election night, if I do not mistake.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • They were so much alike and so mischievous during childhood that not even Santa Sofia de la Piedad could tell them apart.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The Widow Wycherly—if so fresh a damsel could be called a widow—tripped up to the doctor’s chair, with a mischievous merriment in her rosy face.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment
  • In fact, every one seemed to like her; even the boys did not tease her, and the boys of our town, especially the schoolboys, are a mischievous set.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • The girls were often mischievous, but I didn’t dare misbehave.
    Gloria Whelan  --  Listening for Lions
  • But now you are four years wiser and I am still the mischievous, unrepentant boy you remember.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • "I do, and I do not," said he mischievously.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • And I found myself doing all sorts of mischievous things simply to have something to tell you about.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • When his mouth went straight, he was being mischievous.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • He smiles at me mischievously and yells, "Darth Vader!"
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • She had a mischievous grin on her face.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • "I’m going dancing tonight," Jennie said, mischievously tapping out a rhythm on the floor.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • His eyes are mischievous, his lashes are long.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • His eyes glinted mischievously.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • I also had a secret weapon in Osten, who was the most mischievous of us all and would help me if I asked him to, probably with minimal persuasion.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Annie arched her eyebrows mischievously.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • She was milky pale, with short curly brown hair and thick glasses over mischievous brown eyes.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • "That’s her job," Veronica says, and then adds, in a dramatic, mischievous tone: "She’s the nurse of the night."
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • They’re barely out of their teens, tall and skinny with mischievous eyes.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • "I know you’re not the type of girl to make out with random guys in the woods," he’d said with a mischievous grin, "but maybe you should be."
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • But Dr. Erland said nothing else, only smiled at her with mischievous eyes that filled her with suspicion.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I felt a mischievous smile creeping across my face.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • As soon as he spread it on the table, a flickering hologram appeared above the surface: Leo Valdez, looking impish as usual with his dark wispy hair, his mischievous grin, and his diminutive stature.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • It was clear from their plan — and from Sticky’s mischievous grin — that by tomorrow most of the students at the Institute would be barfing up their suppers.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "Are you going to the husking bee tonight?" she inquired mischievously.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • She grinned mischievously.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • As she stood there in the middle of the sidewalk, with her head tilted up at us, and that quizzical look on her face, she looked like a mischievous child.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons
  • His beautiful, strong, mischievous, generous, fun-loving sister.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • "Perhaps you should go to the hospital, Angela; it’s been so long since you’ve seen your Doctor D." She winked mischievously, but only Flora Baumbach smiled back.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • The dummy grinned up at her, a mischievous grin on his face.
    R.L. Stine  --  Goosebumps - Night of the Living Dummy
  • She gave me a mischievous grin I hadn’t seen in thirty years.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • I was getting a little mischievous by then as well.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • He was mischievous and a terrible student, but he was hard to beat in an argument.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • She had a mischievous smile and looked ready to take on the world.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • ALLAN CAMERON was a mischievous kid.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
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