- The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and spiritual of mankind."Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil." [Luke iv. 2.]"That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world." [Rev. xii. 9.]
- An evil spirit; a demon."A dumb man possessed with a devil." [Matt. ix. 32.]
- A very wicked person; hence, any great evil."That devilGlendower.""The devildrunkenness." [Shak.]"Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?" [John vi. 70.]
- An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or, ironically, of negation.(Low)"The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a timepleaser." [Shak.]"The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare, But wonder how the devil they got there." [Pope.]
- [Cookery] A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper."Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron." [Sir W. Scott.]
- [Manuf] A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton, etc.
Etymology: AS. deófol deóful; akin to G. �eufel, Goth. diabaúlus; all fr. L. diabolus the devil, Gr. � the devil, the slanderer, fr. � to slander, calumniate, orig., to throw across; � across + � to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr. gal to fall. Cf. Diabolic