- a base, dishonest, or unscrupulous person.
- a mischievous person or animal: That child is a real rascal.
Origin of rascal
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Related Wordsliar, swindler, wretch, scoundrel, bum, ruffian, tough, beggar, miscreant, opportunist, villain, idler, felon, disgrace, profligate, devil, delinquent, tramp, imp, mischief-maker
Examples from the Web for rascal
Yes, Trainor managed to pen a few songs for Rascal Flatts, but she was more interested in crafting pop tunes.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit
October 7, 2014
As her daughter Sara says, Eakin “ended up thinking that maybe Solomon was a bit of a rascal”.The Woman Who Saved Solomon
October 20, 2013
"He's a little bit of a rascal, I'll put it that way," he said.First Official Photos of Prince George Arrive
August 19, 2013
Savage Arms, a Massachusetts-based gun manufacturer, sells the Rascal, a .22-caliber single-shot rifle touted for its ease of use.What’s Too Young for a Gun? The Industry Behind the 5-Year-Old Killer
May 3, 2013
The hero Jack “Cowboy” Kelly (played by Bale in the film) is a rascal and orphan, and a dreamer.The Cult of 'Newsies'
October 18, 2011
Let us see what had become of the rascal from the time when he disappeared.
This Bouquet is a rascal who will be more likely to end in the Bastille than I, who did but defend my own.The Boy Life of Napoleon
There is not a rascal among them but loves you better than me.Maid Marian
Thomas Love Peacock
I believe the rascal is a coward, though he pretends to be in love forsooth.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
Oh, what tears I wept for that man, whom I did not know at all—who was a rascal or perhaps a hero!My Double Life
- 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
- belonging to the mob or rabble
- dishonest; knavish
Word Origin and History for rascal
mid-14c., rascaile "people of the lowest class, rabble of an army," also singular, "low, tricky, dishonest person," from Old French rascaille "rabble, mob" (12c., Modern French racaille, "the rascality or base and rascall sort, the scumme, dregs, offals, outcasts, of any company" [Cotgrave, French-English Dictionary, 1611]), perhaps a diminutive from Old French rascler, from Vulgar Latin *rasicare "to scrape" (see rash (n.)). Used also in Middle English of animals not hunted as game.