Meaning

Primary

Tease

Alternatives

Prank, Lewd Behavior

Word Type

noun, する verb, な adjective, の adjective

Explanation

A bad kind of playing is when you tease or prank someone. It's mean and you shouldn't do it! Depending on the context this can sometimes have a far more negative connotation and mean lewd behavior.

Reading

いたずら
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

The reading for this word is an exception. Here's a mnemonic to help you remember it:

If you tease someone with a prank that makes them eat zoo rats (いたずら), you're a jerk. That's less of a prank and more like abuse. Cut it out.

Context

Context Sentences

今子供達の間で流行っている悪戯ですよ。

Pranks are popular among children right now.

もう!悪戯するのはやめてください!

Come on! Stop teasing me!

面白い悪戯のアイデアをヤフオクで販売して生計を立てています。

I make a living by selling interesting prank ideas on Yahoo! Auction.

Kanji Composition