Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young devil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young devil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little devil; a young devil.
  • n. A fretful, troublesome woman.
  • n. The swift, Cypselus apus. Also called devil-screecher. Also written develin.
  • n. Acting as a ‘devil’ or office hack; literary or legal hack-work: as, a young barrister engaged in deviling.

Etymologies

devil +‎ -ling? (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Aside from his songs, I had heard the wiry little man say less than three dozen words throughout the course of our acquaintanceship, and the thought of his "deviling" anyone was incongruous.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • On these occasions Luck Cullison was usually "deviling" him, the only diversion that had been open to the ranchman for some days past.

    Crooked Trails and Straight

  • 'deviling' for her father were the only incidents in her even life.

    Peg O' My Heart

  • Packard is mysterious man, and deviling through the mysteries surrounding him is one of the main draws of this story.

    Review: Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

  • Finally, to “deviling” the eggs: removing the yolks and mashing them up with seasoning and mayonnaise.

    Deviled (Easter) Eggs, Three Ways

  • Maybe they were deviling up the engine as well for that purpose.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • I think it's only a matter of time -- probably moments -- before they rescind the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, recognizing that our community is filled with dare-deviling, hard-bodied potential recruits, many of whom have a fetish for uniforms.

    KD Friedman: Uncle Sam Wants YOU

  • It's been proven by psychological research: Psychopaths actually get a buzz off of be-deviling those under them in power!

    We Need to Demand Hearings!

  • RCTS work best in studying treatment effects in a relatively homogeneous,relatively clinically stable conditions where there are not be-deviling co morbidities and a rapidly changing clinical picture in which the timing of various intervention may be determinative.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • I waited for Jazz to confess whatever it was that was deviling him.

    Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz

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  • 'I began to write up the Devil and his Imps, placing at first no limit on their number. I had no sooner thrown open the doors than the air was darkend by a grisly flight of black-wingd demons, and the grounds was coverd by a trooping host of uncanny creatures of vague unseemly forms and unassorted sizes. Devils, Devilets, Devilings, Dablets, and other Imps...'
    Charles P.G. Scott, 'The Devil and His Imps: An Etymological Inquisition'

    January 12, 2009