mass noun
1 Playful misbehavior, especially on the part of children.
1.1 Playfulness that is intended to tease or create trouble.

Late Middle English (denoting misfortune or distress): from Old French meschief, from the verb meschever, from mes- ‘adversely’ + chever ‘come to an end’ (from chef ‘head’).


Joe found out the hard way that his sister loved to cause mischief.


I’ve never been a fan of “practical” jokes. I don’t see them as being all that practical. They do no good and can do real harm. Who is going to wipe up the mess in this case?

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