Definition of mischievously in US English:



  • 1In a way that shows a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way.

    ‘she met his eyes and smiled mischievously’
    ‘the book, mischievously titled "Confessions of a Nun"’
    • ‘Instead of a mischievously lovable old coot, we get this barely Irish, youngish, oafish dude.’
    • ‘The question of what was faux and what real in this show - or, where history ended and fiction began - was deftly posed, and its answer mischievously deferred.’
    • ‘She raised her eyebrows questioningly, her eyes twinkling mischievously.’
    • ‘Every frame bears his signature: the theatricality, the mischievously effective suspense, the adventures in identity and sexuality.’
    • ‘She doesn't laugh much but does grin mischievously from time to time.’
    • ‘He put is arm around her waist and drew her close to him, his eyes twinkling mischievously.’
    • ‘The titles were borrowed from the lyrics of a George and Ira Gershwin song mischievously called "Blah, Blah, Blah."’
    • ‘I begin to protest, but then I see the jest in her mischievously jaded gaze.’
    • ‘His eyes met her blue ones and watched as they shone mischievously.’
    • ‘The lyrics gloried in sometimes using the original phrases in a hilariously new context, or mischievously punning on them.’
  • 2In a way that causes or intends to cause harm or trouble.

    ‘I believe he has mischievously misled the Committee’
    • ‘Words, for her, are characters that own themselves, and which might at any point strike out on their own, behave mischievously, and get into trouble.’
    • ‘Of course, she may have been misinformed or even mischievously led astray.’
    • ‘In the extreme case, managers really did cook the books mischievously, thereby boosting the stock price and allowing them to dump high-priced stock.’
    • ‘It is Anna who mischievously conjures up the dead.’
    • ‘He sometimes mischievously locked her inside with a lock that, reportedly, could only be accessed from outside the room.’
    • ‘"Maybe I can give him some sort of disease," she thought mischievously, "so that we can all get on with our lives."’
    • ‘We stand where we stand, in our impossible and often mischievously idle jobs, on a boundary of opposing urgencies where there is often not space enough to set one's feet.’
    • ‘An aggrieved Ahtur mischievously demanded: "Sing us one of your shepherd songs, Samson."’
    • ‘They poked at her mischievously, while most likely sharing insults in their own language.’
    • ‘One rereads him and finds perfect insight into what would drive his sister to violate him so mischievously, to misread him so completely.’