"That scampish fellow's conduct is killing poor Lackington," would say a noble lord.
Richard was the scampish brother by whose death she inherited all.
The vetturino, his scampish grey eyes looking white like glass in his dark-red face, drove nearer.
Why the deuce should this fellow be going to Coveton, of all places least calculated to attract such a scampish vagabond?
Why did these scampish blacks not feel satisfied after having received double payment?
A slight shade fell over the reckless, scampish face; he was a moment vexed that we scorned him.
She sallies forth at night, and her friends are the scampish among the sons of the lower class of tenant-farmers.
But children will be scampish; and once their earnestness of desire to be good was put to unexpected and somewhat drastic proof.
Lovat, the eldest son, being the handsomest and by far the most scampish of the children, is of course his mother's idol.
1782, "highway robber," probably from dialectal verb scamp "to roam" (1753, perhaps from 16c.), shortened from scamper. Used affectionately in sense "rascal" since 1808.