|Origin:||meschief 'something bad that happens', from mes- ( MIS-) + chief 'head, end'|
bad behaviour, especially by children, that causes trouble or damage, but no serious harm:
Now run along, and don't get into mischief.
They've got enough toys to keep them out of mischief for a while.
If you can't see Nick, you can be sure he's up to some mischief (=behaving badly and causing trouble or damage).
the pleasure or enjoyment of playing tricks on people or embarrassing them:
Kiki's eyes were bright with mischief.
to deliberately cause quarrels or unfriendly feelings between people
make mischief between
I didn't want to make mischief between them.
4 British English informal
to injure yourself slightly:
If you try to lift that box, you'll do yourself a mischief.
5 [uncountable] formal
damage or harm that is done to someone or to their property:
The jury cleared him of the charge of criminal mischief.