Devil - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdevl|  American pronunciation of the word devil
Brit.  |ˈdev(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word devil


- (Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions) chief spirit of evil and adversary of God; tempter of mankind; master of Hell (syn: beelzebub, lucifer, satan)
- an evil supernatural being (syn: daemon, demon, fiend)
- a word used in exclamations of confusion (syn: deuce, dickens)
what the devil
- a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man) (syn: heller, hellion)
- a cruel wicked and inhuman person (syn: demon, fiend, monster, ogre)


- cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations (syn: annoy, bother, chafe, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex)
- coat or stuff with a spicy paste
devilled eggs

Extra examples

She is a tricky devil, so be careful.

Those kids can be little devils sometimes.

He's such a lucky devil that he'll probably win the lottery someday.

He has a devil of a temper.

It was a devil of a job to get planning permission.

She's had a devil of a time these last two years.

There was the devil of a bombardment all day.

He was a savage still, but not so often a devil.

These Southern girls are the very devil.

Evans bowled steadily, but without much devil.

There'll be the devil (and hell) to pay when he finds out.

He devils for the counsel on both sides.

The villagers believed a devil had taken control of his body.

He was an independent devil and would call no man master.

What the devil makes him cry?

Word forms

singular: devil
plural: devils
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