People who pull pranks, make jokes, and do things that annoy other people — but aren't really awful — are good at mischief.

Mischief is a word for things that are a little bad or reckless but ultimately harmless. Hitting someone with a spitball is mischief. Hitting them with a rock is dangerous and therefore much worse than mischief. Making mischief can be fun, as long as it doesn't get out of hand. People who do a lot of mischief are called "mischievous."

Definitions of mischief

n reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others

devilment, devilry, deviltry, mischief-making, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan
blaze, hell
noisy and unrestrained mischief
monkey business
mischievous or deceitful behavior
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism
willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
Type of:
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed
improper or wicked or immoral behavior

n the quality or nature of being harmful or evil

balefulness, maleficence
the quality of being kind or helpful or generous
Type of:
evil, evilness
the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

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