Origin: 1300–50;Middle Englishmischevous < Anglo-Frenchmeschevous. See mischief, -ous
Pronunciation note Pronunciations of mischievous with stress on the second syllable: /mɪsˈtʃiviəs/Show Spelled[mis-chee-vee-uhs]Show IPA or, less commonly, /mɪsˈtʃivəs/[mis-chee-vuhs] instead of on the first: /ˈmɪstʃəvəs/[mis-chuh-vuhs] are usually considered nonstandard. The pronunciation /mɪsˈtʃiviəs/[mis-chee-vee-uhs] with the additional syllable, occurs by analogy with such words as previous and devious.
a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.
a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.
a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.