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[dev-uh-lish, dev-lish] /ˈdɛv ə lɪʃ, ˈdɛv lɪʃ/
of, like, or befitting a devil; diabolical; fiendish.
extreme; very great:
a devilish mess.
excessively; extremely:
He's devilish proud.
Origin of devilish
1400-50; late Middle English. See devil, -ish1
Related forms
devilishly, adverb
devilishness, noun
superdevilish, adjective
superdevilishly, adverb
superdevilishness, noun
undevilish, adjective
1. satanic, demoniac, infernal. Unabridged
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  • It is a devilish problem because there are such deep incompatibilities between innovation and efficiency.
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  • The fearsome skull is short, deep and topped by two devilish horns.
  • He is an amazing piano player, and his songs are a combination of devilish music and even more diabolic lyrics.
  • The devilish thing about sarcoidosis is its unpredictability.
  • Julius is cute, but he also reflects his creator's devilish sense of humor-sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly.
  • To fall into sin is human, to remain in sin devilish.
  • He ascribed truly devilish intentions to his erstwhile friend and credited him with power of a demon.
  • Barber could be a devilish and devastating writer and speaker.
  • We often played devilish practical jokes on each other.
British Dictionary definitions for devilish


/ˈdɛvəlɪʃ; ˈdɛvlɪʃ/
of, resembling, or befitting a devil; diabolic; fiendish
adverb, adjective (informal)
(intensifier): devilish good food, this devilish heat
Derived Forms
devilishly, adverb
devilishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for devilish

mid-15c.; see devil + -ish. Related: Devilishly; devilishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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