being, characteristic of, or befitting a rascal.


in a rascally manner.

Origin of rascally

First recorded in 1590–1600; rascal + -ly
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Contemporary Examples of rascally

  • “Christopher is irreverent and funny and rascally,” he said.

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    Christopher Plummer's Depths

    Lorenza Muñoz

    June 2, 2011

  • But Twain is the Peter Pan of American literature, the rascally lost boy who never gets old.

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    Nathaniel Rich

    April 20, 2010

Historical Examples of rascally

  • Without demur, then, she turned and accompanied the rascally Malay toward the harbor.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • He would have treated us better than his rascally nephew has done.'

  • I suppose the rascally spy isn't still in this clump of timer, eh?

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

  • They cannot forget or forgive the rascally Rougon-Macquarts.

  • Ah, Morny was the man to sit upon your rascally republicans!

British Dictionary definitions for rascally



dishonest or mean; base
archaic (esp of places) wretchedly unpleasant; miserable


in a dishonest or mean fashion
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Word Origin and History for rascally

"low, mean, unprincipled," from rascal + -ly (1).

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