mischief

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
  1. noun
    reckless or malicious behavior that causes discomfort or annoyance in others
    synonyms: devilment, devilry, deviltry, mischief-making, mischievousness, rascality, roguery, roguishness, shenanigan
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    types:
    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
  2. noun
    the quality or nature of being harmful or evil
    synonyms: balefulness, maleficence
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    Antonyms:
    beneficence
    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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