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
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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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