rascal

[ ras-kuhl ]
/ ˈræs kəl /

noun

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

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Origin of rascal

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English rascaile, raskaille, from Old French rascaille “rabble”; perhaps akin to rash2

synonym study for rascal

1. See knave.

OTHER WORDS FROM rascal

ras·cal·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rascal

rascal
/ (ˈrɑːskəl) /

noun

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

adjective

(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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