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  1. being, characteristic of, or befitting a rascal.
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  1. in a rascally manner.
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Origin of rascally

First recorded in 1590–1600; rascal + -ly
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Related Words for rascally

naughty, impish, sly, rude, malicious, playful, rowdy, mischievous, headstrong, wicked, off-color, racy, coarse, bawdy, lewd, foul-mouthed, devilish, misleading, deceptive, deceitful

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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


  1. dishonest or mean; base
  2. archaic (esp of places) wretchedly unpleasant; miserable
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  1. 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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