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Mischievousness

See also Joke, Practical.
Ate
goddess of evil and mischief. [Gk. Myth.: Parrinder, 33; Kravitz, 39]
Beaver
mischievous ten-year-old beset by trivial troubles. [TV: “Leave It to Beaver” in Terrace, II, 18–19]
Beg, Little Callum
devilish page. [Br. Lit.: Waverley]
Brer Rabbit
clever trickster. [Children’s Lit.: Uncle Remus]
Brown, Buster
turn-of-the-century enfant terrible. [Comics: Horn, 145]
Cercopes
apelike pygmies; tried to steal Hercules’ weapons. [Gk. Myth.: Leach, 206]
crocodile
symbolizes naughtiness and chicanery. [Jewish Tradition: Jobes, 382]
Dennis the Menace
latter-day Buster Brown, complete with dog. [Comics: Horn, 201]
Erlking
elf king who works mischief on children. [Ger. Folk-lore: LLEI, I: 283]
Eulenspiegel, Till
legendary peasant known for his pranks. [Ger. Folklore: Benét, 325–326]
Finn, Huckleberry
mischievous, sharp-witted boy has many adventures. [Am. Lit.: Huckleberry Finn]
Georgie Porgie
kissed the girls and made them cry. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 185]
Halloween
(Allhallows Eve) youngsters play pranks on the neighbors. [Am. Folklore: Misc.]
Junior
(Red Skelton) “the mean widdle kid.” [Radio: “The Red Skelton Show” in Buxton, 197]
Katzenjammer Kids
twin Teutonic terrors. [Comics: “The Captain and the Kids” in Horn, 156–157]
Lampwick
archetypal juvenile delinquent leads Pinocchio astray. [Am. Cinema: Pinocchio in Disney Films, 32–37]
Little Rascals, The
scamps unite to terrorize adults. [Am. TV: Terrace, II, 31]
Merop’s Son
misguided do-gooder. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: Brewer Dictionary, 704]
Moth
“handful of wit”; Armado’s “pretty knavish page.” [Br. Lit.: Love’s Labour’s Lost]
Nicka-Nan Night
Shrove Tuesday eve when boys play tricks. [Br. Folklore: Brewer Dictionary, 756]
Our Gang
group of children in comedy series: always into mischief. [Am. Cinema: Halliwell, 546; Am. TV: “The Little Rascals” in Terrace, II, 31]
Peck’s Bad Boy
mischievous boy plays pranks on his father. [Am. Lit.: Peck’s Bad Boy, Hart, 642]
Peter Rabbit
always ransacking farmer MacGregor’s patch. [Children’s Lit.: The Tale of Peter Rabbit]
pixies
prank-playing fairies; mislead travelers. [Br. Folklore: Briggs, 328–330]
pooka
wild shaggy colt that misled benighted travelers. [Br. Folklore: Briggs]
Puck
knavish hobgoblin who plays pranks. [Br. Folklore & Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
Rooney, Andy
scatterbrained gossoon; makes trouble without trying. [Irish Lit.: Handy Andy]
Sawyer, Tom
hookey-playing, imaginative lad of St. Petersburg, Missouri. [Am. Lit.: Tom Sawyer]
Stalky
with his two friends, devises ingenious pranks that make life miserable for the masters of the school. [Br. Lit.: Kipling Stalky and Company]
Wag, Charlie
school-skipping delinquent of penny dreadful. [Br. Lit.: Charlie Wag, the Boy Burglar, Opie, 117]
References in classic literature ?
The girls were dressed alike in dark skirts, with light pink tennis blouses and pink bands on their straw hats, so that as they stood with the soft red of the setting sun tinging their faces, Clara, demure and quiet, Ida, mischievous and daring, it was a group which might have pleased the eye of a more exacting critic than the old sailor.
But the wind, as if satisfied at last with its mischievous pranks, stopped blowing this ocean and hurried away to another part of the world to blow something else; so that the waves, not being joggled any more, began to quiet down and behave themselves.
Graham, in a tone of merely casual inquiry, but with a sidelong glance - intended to be playfully mischievous - really, brimful and running over with malice.
I will not enlarge this quaint saying to the most beautiful part of the creation in general; but so far I may be allowed, that when the effects of female jealousy do not appear openly in their proper colours of rage and fury, we may suspect that mischievous passion to be at work privately, and attempting to undermine, what it doth not attack above-ground.
On your shoulders presseth many a burden, many a recollection; many a mischievous dwarf squatteth in your corners.
All sorts of rough jests and catchwords were bandied about among them; and the story of the Diamond turned up again unexpectedly, in the form of a mischievous joke.
The event at Hexham on Friday promises to have something for young and old alike - with live music, mischievous Minions, hot chocolate and a candlelit service in the town's Abbey.
She said: "They are either wrong and ignorant or they know the rules and are playing mischievous political games.
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Skipper welcomes Kuldeep Yadav to Indian team with mischievous smile
A wag is "a person given to droll, roguish, or mischievous humour.
According to the details SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan directed all SDPOs and SHOs to keep vigilant eye on the mischievous elements, tighten security at pickets and enhance patrolling in different areas of the city.