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[skal-ee-wag] /ˈskæl iˌwæg/
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He considered him a scallywag, but no longer a bounder or a cad.

    The Law Inevitable Louis Couperus
  • The circuit judge appointed was named S——, and in political parlance he was a "scallywag."

  • It is better Desmond should become a priest than die a scallywag—and it will keep him out of the way of that Sylvia Custance.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • He was no scapegrace or scallywag such as you might find nowadays crowing over his sins in Chelsea.

    The Art of Letters

    Robert Lynd
  • For I thought it was right she should know that you werent just a scallywag private soldier like the rest of us.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • There were few people in London or elsewhere who knew the history of this scallywag Englishman.

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for scallywag


(informal) a scamp; rascal
(after the US Civil War) a White Southerner who supported the Republican Party and its policy of Black emancipation. Scallywags were viewed as traitors by their fellow Southerners
Also called scalawag, scallawag
Word Origin
C19: (originally undersized animal) of uncertain origin
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