[ ras-kuhl ]
/ ˈræs kəl /


a base, dishonest, or unscrupulous person.
a mischievous person or animal: That child is a real rascal.

Origin of rascal

1300–50; Middle English rascaile, raskaille < Old French rascaille rabble; perhaps akin to rash2

Related forms

ras·cal·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rascal


/ (ˈrɑːskəl) /


a disreputable person; villain
a mischievous or impish rogue
an affectionate or mildly reproving term for a child or old manyou little rascal; the wicked old rascal kissed her
obsolete a person of lowly birth


(prenominal) obsolete
  1. belonging to the mob or rabble
  2. dishonest; knavish

Word Origin for rascal

C14: from Old French rascaille rabble, perhaps from Old Norman French rasque mud, filth
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