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.
Rapscallion can also mean:
- Rapscallion, space freighter in The Space Gypsy Adventures
- The Rapscallions, antagonist army in the book The Long Patrol
- Rapscallion, a song on Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People by Primus
- Rapp Scallion, a character in the game Monkey Island
- Clemson University's humor publication is titled "The Rapscallion"
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