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rapscallion

Noun

1 a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel [syn: rogue, knave, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, varlet]
2 one who is playfully mischievous [syn: imp, scamp, monkey, rascal, scalawag, scallywag]

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English

Noun

  1. A rascal, scamp, rogue or scoundrel

Extensive Definition

A rapscallion is one who is playfully mischievous or a scoundrel. Rapscallion comes from the now-obsolete word "rascallion" meaning rascal. It is possible that the contemporary pejorative word for a vandal or youth who perpetrates antisocial behavior (such as petty theft, graffiti, or harassment) "Scally" is derived from "Rapscallion." "Scally" is a common term for such individuals in the United Kingdom and Australia, but does not feature in American English. Can also be related to a pirate's lady of the evening or man depending upon the status of the said pirate.
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bad boy, blackguard, booger, buffoon, bugger, cutup, devil, elf, enfant terrible, funmaker, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, imp, joker, jokester, knave, limb, little devil, little monkey, little rascal, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, pixie, practical joker, prankster, precious rascal, puck, rascal, rogue, rowdy, ruffian, scalawag, scamp, scapegrace, scoundrel, shyster, sneak, spalpeen, villain, wag
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