mischief etymology

English word mischief comes from Old French (842-ca. 1400) chever ((intransitive) to finish; to come to an end.), Old French (842-ca. 1400) mes- (Mis- (badly, wrongly).)

Detailed word origin of mischief

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
chever Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) (intransitive) to finish; to come to an end.
mes- Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Mis- (badly, wrongly).
meschever Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To fail. To make a mistake. To suffer a misfortune.
meschief Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Evil deed, wrong. Misfortune; mishap.
mischief English (eng) (archaic) Cause or agent of annoyance, harm, or injury:. (archaic) Harm or injury:. (collective) A group or a pack of rats.. (countable) A cause or agent of annoyance, harm or injury,. (countable) An annoying action.. (countable) An injury or an instance of harm or trouble caused by a person or other agent or cause.. (uncountable) Conduct that playfully causes petty annoyance.. (uncountable) [...]

Words with the same origin as mischief

Descendants of chever
mischievous