mischief-maker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n mischief-maker someone who deliberately stirs up trouble
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Mischief-maker One who makes mischief; one who excites or instigates quarrels or enmity.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mischief-maker One who makes mischief; one who instigates or promotes quarrels or ill-will.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mischief-maker one who incites to mischief
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. meschef, from mes-, ill, chef—L. caput, the head.

Usage

In literature:

The young mischief-makers passed on, looking for more nonsense.
"The Grammar School Boys of Gridley" by H. Irving Hancock
Occasionally, however, the mischief maker takes a notion to improve the copy set before him.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
What had that wretched mischief-maker, that Castle girl, been saying to her?
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
The mischief-makers themselves did all they could to foment this spirit of discontent among those who were ordinarily well disposed.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
The chief among his playmates, he became the mischief-maker of the place.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 7, 1922" by Various
As for the girl who made the trouble, she is a wicked mischief maker and I wish she had never come to Wellington.
"Molly Brown's Senior Days" by Nell Speed
The two village mischief-makers had long been hatching a plot to get Wallace Sutherland away from his mother and off with the girls.
"In Orchard Glen" by Marian Keith
I had one little boy that was a born mischief-maker, but he had such winsome ways I had to love him in spite of it.
"Uncle Terry" by Charles Clark Munn
Only some mischief-makers bent on plaguing them.
"Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters" by H. Addington Bruce
There was Lucy Snow, the one great mischief-maker in the school.
"Miss Ashton's New Pupil" by Mrs. S. S. Robbins
The latter treatment had not troubled the mischief-makers much.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
This is a very fit hiding-place for mischief-makers.
"Three Years in the Federal Cavalry" by Willard Glazier
The only thing is not to have the mischief maker any more.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
What you agitators and mischief makers are really afraid of is that somebody may really educate your audiences.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Loki was a mischief maker.
"Nature Myths and Stories for Little Children" by Flora J. Cooke
The blind course had plunged into a swamp, and the three mischief-makers were forced to halt uncertainly.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
The prophet White Cloud was a mischief maker and a liar.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
But the special imp that attends all mischief makers prompted her next question.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
You are a mischief maker.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
And it shall come to pass that when the go-betweens or brokering mischief-makers are silenced, then the kings will be free and allied.
"Legends of Florence Collected from the People, First Series" by Charles Godfrey Leland
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In poetry:

Who is this silly mischief-maker,
This phantom and this double-face?
He is our guest, our summer lodger,
Who spends with us his holidays.
"July" by Boris Pasternak
You, the mischief-makers all, who in secret glee
Love to tell the villainies of a scamp like me;
There are things he’ll never tell—things you’ll never know—
Look into your own lives first—give the man a show.
"Give yourself a Show: New Year's Eve" by Henry Lawson

In news:

But Al understood him as a publicity-seeking mischief maker.
Is your pet a mischief maker.
It's a common bird, a backyard mischief-maker cloaked in black.
But these gnomes, which are arranged in a variety of combat poses, will probably make mischief-makers think twice.
As more autonomous robots go out into the field, their creators struggle with figuring out how to defend them from thieves and mischief-makers.
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