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Definition playfully causing minor trouble; or describing the smile of someone doing so

In law, mischievous references a property crime such as vandalism or graffiti. Very rarely, the word can reference someone or something causing serious damage.
  • She flashed a mischievous grin and threw the water balloon.
mischievous = playful — often in an annoying or naughty way
  • The mischievous children spilled chocolate syrup all over the kitchen.
  • mischievous = tending to create minor harm (often in a fun way)
  • 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
  • mischievous = naughtily playful
  • "Are you Via's boyfriend?" Auggie asked mischievously, and his sister pulled his cap down over his face.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • mischievously = in a manner that playfully causes minor trouble
  • She leaned back from them, even hit out at them, but playfully, mischievously.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • mischievously = in a manner that playfully causes minor trouble
  • 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
  • mischievous = naughtily playful
  • "But to be honest," she whispered with a mischievous look, "some of the tellings are a little boring."
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • mischievous = naughtily playful
  • 'That's all right, Padre,' he answered with mischievous merriment, trying hard to keep a straight face.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • mischievous = naughtily playful
  • It was set on fire by mischievous boys, one Election night, if I do not mistake.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • mischievous = having fun by causing minor trouble
  • 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
  • mischievous = naughtily playful
  • What food for gossip to those mischievously inclined.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • mischievously = with a tendency of playful misbehavior
  • 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
  • mischievously = in a manner that playfully causes minor trouble
  • I was crazy about his smile, which made him look so boyish and mischievous.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • mischievous = naughtily playful
  • I must warn you, though, that they are rather mischievous. [the Oompa-Loompa]
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • mischievous = tending toward playful misbehavior
  • 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
  • mischievous = naughtily playful
  • And I found myself doing all sorts of mischievous things simply to have something to tell you about.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • mischievous = naughtily playful
  • I was sweeping the hearth, and I noticed a mischievous smile on her lips.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • mischievous = naughtily playful
  • "I do, and I do not," said he mischievously.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • mischievously = in a playfully naughty manner
  • His eyes had a mischievous, reckless light in them.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • mischievous = naughtily playful
  • "Going out for exercise," answered Jo with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
mischievous = naughtily playful

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