scalawag

[ skal-uh-wag ]
/ ˈskæl əˌwæg /

noun

a scamp; rascal.
U.S. History. a native white Southerner who collaborated with the occupying forces during Reconstruction, often for personal gain.

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Also scal·ly·wag [skal-ee-wag]; /ˈskæl iˌwæg/; especially British, scal·la·wag .

Origin of scalawag

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM scalawag

scal·a·wag·ger·y, nounscal·a·wag·gy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scalawag

scalawag
/ (ˈskæləˌwæɡ) /

noun

a variant of scallywag
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