Definition of devilishly in US English:

devilishly

adverb

  • 1In a devilish manner.

    • ‘With an expression halfway between knowing and devilishly dirty, he stood upright, picked her up in his arms, and kissed her full on the mouth.’
    • ‘Sexual mischief was again on the menu with a delightful excerpt from Don Giovanni, as Ewan Taylor charmed devilishly as Mozart's willingly damned Lothario.’
    • ‘He grinned devilishly, ‘But it's so damn fun to annoy you, Alex.’’
    • ‘She then glanced back up at Alex and grinned devilishly, only this time it had no real effect on him.’
    • ‘Growing from the subsoil of peasant culture and shaped by folk religion, they are seraphic, as in Oleksy's devotional works and devilishly rebellious, as in Mucha's powerful carvings.’
    1. 1.1informal as submodifier Very; extremely.
      ‘their music is devilishly difficult’
      • ‘A full-bodied meal followed, and some of the more adventurous tykes in the party partook of what can only be described as a devilishly hot curry.’
      • ‘For they did look devilishly far-flung, except for Visbec.’
      • ‘The fluffy chocolate bomb-shaped ice cream was devilishly lovely and the saraga liqueur gave it a real bang.’
      • ‘This is very rare, even if you're as devilishly handsome as Yours Truly, but magic when it does happen.’
      • ‘Trees can be devilishly clever, especially when they work in concert.’
      • ‘If they must be compared to a mode of transport it should be thoroughbreds, fantastic in full flight but devilishly susceptible to injury, each muscle, ligament and tendon exposed to pressures that would break a lesser being.’
      • ‘The genius of Lee's film is that it too exploits the American minstrel heritage - the Sambo performances are devilishly powerful - but with a careful emphasis.’
      • ‘The thing about vastly involved prototypes of this kind is that once they are constructed it is devilishly difficult to dismantle them.’
      • ‘It's devilishly simple to participate in Porking Friends - read the five ads below, reproduced as they appeared in the paper.’
      • ‘It has proven devilishly difficult to get fathers to take a larger role in child-rearing.’
      • ‘The second movement features a repeated-note motif that is devilishly difficult but that Livingston handles admirably.’
      • ‘First is the patia, a devilishly hot sweet and sour concoction available with chicken or vegetables.’
      • ‘In fact, recording locales are devilishly difficult to determine.’
      • ‘I'd be frightening were I not so devilishly adorable and totally un-Hand-That-Rocks-The-Cradle-like.’
      • ‘You'll need, for instance, to come to grips with the devilishly complicated Thai tonal system (even my ultra compact phrase book devotes several pages to it).’
      • ‘These are devilishly difficult articles to write.’
      • ‘But exactly where hippos sit on the artiodactyl family tree has proved devilishly difficult to discern.’
      • ‘But enforcement is devilishly difficult - and many tax lawyers are making things worse.’
      • ‘But the real surprise seller is ‘hot whiskey,’ a devilishly simple Irish favorite.’
      • ‘The cast are exemplary, Andreas Wilson in particular as the lead, and there's something devilishly satisfying about watching an upper-class toff wake up drenched in excrement.’

Pronunciation

devilishly

/ˈdevəliSHlē//ˈdɛvəlɪʃli/