scallywag

[ skal-ee-wag ]
/ ˈskæl iˌwæg /

noun

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scallywag

/ (ˈskælɪˌwæɡ) /

noun

informal a scamp; rascal
(after the US Civil War) a White Southerner who supported the Republican Party and its policy of Black emancipation. Scallywags were viewed as traitors by their fellow Southerners
Also called: scalawag, scallawag

Word Origin for scallywag

C19: (originally undersized animal) of uncertain origin
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