NounDevil (plural Devils)
- (theology) A creature of hell.
- (theology) (the devil or the Devil) The chief devil; Satan.
- The bad part of the conscience; the opposite to the angel.
- A wicked or naughty person, or one who harbors reckless, spirited energy, especially in a mischievous way; usually said of a young child.
- A thing that is awkward or difficult to understand or do.
- (euphemistically, with an article, as an intensifier) Hell.
- A person, especially a man; used to express a particular opinion of him, usually in the phrases poor devil and lucky devil.
- A dust devil.
- (religion, Christian Science) An evil or erroneous entity.
- (dialectical, places) barren, unproductive and unused, as in devil strip.
- To annoy or bother; to bedevil.
- To grill with cayenne pepper; to season highly in cooking, as with pepper.
- To finely grind cooked ham or other meat with spices and condiments.
- To prepare a sidedish of shelled halved boiled eggs to whose extracted yolks are added condiments and spices, which mixture then is placed into the halved whites to be served.
- She's going to devil four dozen eggs for the picnic.
Adjectives for Devil
excellent; incarnate; unsympathetic; deceitful; poor; red; charming; imaginary; flaming; fever-scourged; cruel; stubborn; attractive; little; frisky; obstinate; greedy; latent; merry; destroying; exorcised; surly; eternal; good-looking; chained-up; burning; interior; tempting; mocking; malicious; foreign; raging; daring; conjuring.
Verbs for Devil
bargain with—; cast out—; conquer—; conspire with—; contend wiith—; curb— defy—; deny—; destroy—; drive out— emancipate from—; exorcise—; expel— flee from—; follow—; grapple with— league with—; offend—; personify—; pos sess by—; preserve from—; raise—; rebuke—; resist—; sacrifice to—; scorn—; steer toward—; subject to—; take up with—; worship—; —betrays; —conjures; — deceives; —deludes; —ensnares; —enters—entices; —harries; —mocks; —oppresses—rules; —spurs; —tempts.
satan, saute, savage, scalawag, scallop, scamp, scapegrace, scoundrel, sear, serpent, shaitan, she-wolf, shedu, shirr, shrew, shyster, simmer, simoom, sirocco, skid-row bum, sly dog, slyboots, smoothie, sneak, sod, spalpeen, speedily, spitfire, steam, stereotyper, stew, stiff, stir-fry, stoneman, succubus, sundowner, swagman, sworn enemy, tease, termagant, terror, terrorist, the undead, thug, tiger, tigress, toast, torment, tough, tough guy, tramp, trickster, truant, try the patience, tweak the nose, typesetter, typographer, ugly customer, unfortunate, vag, vagabond, vagrant, vampire, vaurien, vex, villain, violent, violently, virago, vixen, wag, wastrel, werewolf, wild beast, wild man, witch, wolf, worry, worthless fellow, wretch, yogini, Abaddon, Apollyon, Baba Yaga, Beelzebub, Belial, Bowery bum, Lilith, Linotyper, Lucifer, Mafioso, Mephistopheles, Old Nick, Old Scratch, Satan, Succubus, Xanthippe, Young Turk, adventurer, adventuress, adversary, afreet, aggravate, annoy, antagonist, ape-man, apprentice printer, archenemy, bad boy, badger, bait, bake, barbarian, barbecue, barghest, baste, be at, beachcomber, beast, bedevil, beggar, beggarly fellow, beldam, berserk, berserker, beset, bitter enemy, blackguard, blanch, blighter, bloke, boil, bomber, booger, bother, braise, bravo, brazenface, brew, bristle, broil, brown, brown off, brute, bucko, budmash, buffoon, bug, bugger, bully, bullyboy, bullyrag, bum, bummer, burn up, cacodemon, caitiff, chap, chivy, coddle, compositor, con artist, con man, confidence man, confoundedly, cook, crone, curry, cutthroat, cutup, daeva, daredevil, demon, derelict, desperado, deuce, deucedly, devil incarnate, diablo, discompose, distemper, disturb, do, do to perfection, dog, dragon, drifter, drunkard, dust storm, dybbuk, electrotyper, elf, enemy, enfant terrible, evil genius, evil spirit, exasperate, exceedingly, excessively, exercise, extremely, fash, fellow, fiend, fiend from hell, fire, fire-eater, firebrand, foe, foeman, fox, fricassee, frizz, frizzle, fry, funmaker, fury, genie, genius, get, ghoul, good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, goon, gorilla, griddle, grill, gripe, gunman, gunsel, guy, gyre, hag, harass, hardnose, harmattan, harpy, harry, harum-scarum, heat, heckle, hector, hell-raiser, hellcat, hellhound, hellion, hellkite, hobo, holy terror, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, hothead, hotspur, hound, human wreck, imp, in hell, in the world, incendiary, incubus, irk, jinni, jinniyeh, joker, jokester, keyboarder, khamsin, killer, knave, lamia, limb, little devil, little monkey, little rascal, lowlife, mad dog, madbrain, madcap, makeup man, mauvais sujet, mean wretch, miff, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, molest, monster, mucker, mugger, nag, needle, nettle, no-good, nudzh, ogre, ogress, open enemy, operator, oven-bake, pan, pan-broil, parboil, pauvre diable, peesash, peeve, persecute, person, pester, pick on, pilgarlic, pique, pixie, plague, pluck the beard, poach, poor creature, poor devil, pother, practical joker, prankster, precious rascal, prepare, prepare food, pressman, printer, proofer, provoke, public enemy, puck, rake, rakehell, rakshasa, rantipole, rapist, rapscallion, rascal, revolutionary, ride, rile, roast, rogue, roil, rough, rowdy, ruffian, ruffle, sad case, sad sack, samiel, sandstorm,
From Old English dēofol, from Ancient Greek διάβολος (diabolos, “accuser, slanderer”), also as "Satan" (in Jewish/Christian usage, translating Biblical Hebrew שטן, satán), from διαβάλλω (diaballō, “to slander”), literally “to throw across”, from διά (dia, “through, across”) + βάλλω (ballō, “throw”). The Old English word was probably adopted under influence of Latin diabolus (itself from the Greek). Other Germanic languages adopted the word independently: compare Dutch duivel, German Teufel, Swedish djävul (older: djefvul, Old Swedish diævul, Old Norse djǫfull).
- (a creature of hell): demon
- (the chief devil): Satan, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, Old Nick, Old Scratch (UK & US), old-gooseberry, old gentleman
- (thing awkward or difficult to understand or do): bastard, bitch, bugger (UK), stinker
- (wicked or naughty person): imp, rascal, scamp, scoundrel
- (as a euphemistic intensifier): deuce (euphemistic), dickens (euphemistic), fuck (only in senses with the; taboo slang), heck, hell
- (a person, especially a man (as in "poor devil")): bugger (UK), cow (used of a woman), sod (UK)
- (a creature of hell): angel, god
- (the chief devil): God
- (the bad part of the conscience): angel, conscience
- (thing awkward or difficult to understand): cakewalk (US), piece of cake, simplicity itself
- (wicked or naughty person'): angel, saint
- UK usage doubles the l in the inflected forms "devilled" and "devilling"; US usage generally does not.