rapscallion

[rap-skal-yuh n]

noun

a rascal; rogue; scamp.

Nearby words

  1. rapport,
  2. rapportage,
  3. rapporteur,
  4. rapprochement,
  5. rappé pie,
  6. rapt,
  7. raptly,
  8. raptor,
  9. raptorial,
  10. rapture

Origin of rapscallion

1690–1700; earlier rascallion, based on rascal

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British Dictionary definitions for rapscallion

rapscallion

noun

a disreputable person; rascal or rogue

Word Origin for rapscallion

C17: from earlier rascallion; see rascal

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Word Origin and History for rapscallion

rapscallion

n.

1690s, alteration of rascallion (1640s), a fanciful elaboration of rascal (q.v.). It had a parallel in now-extinct rampallion (1590s), from Middle English ramp (n.2) "ill-behaved woman."

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