- an unscrupulous and often mischievous person; rascal; rogue; scalawag.
- a playful, mischievous, or naughty young person; upstart.
- a grouper, Mycteroperca phenax, of Florida: so called from its habit of stealing bait.
- to do or perform in a hasty or careless manner: to scamp work.
Origin of scamp
Related Words for scampliar, cheat, ruffian, villain, troublemaker, delinquent, mischief-maker, scoundrel, reprobate, hooligan, sneak, rogue, scalawag, shyster, fraud, trickster, rowdy, swindler, cheater, prankster
Examples from the Web for scamp
Contemporary Examples of scamp
Fortnum is well behaved, but Mason appears to be a little more of a scamp.Penis Beakers and Constipated Dolls: What Mothers REALLY Want To Know
October 11, 2013
Historical Examples of scamp
Go to your bedroom; and if you turn out a good-for-nothing and a scamp, it is no fault of mine.Rico and Wiseli
I was a scamp—but a frolicsome scamp—and that is always a popular character.Night and Morning, Complete
She could only trust to his being a scamp as her only hope of escape.
He ought to have played the scamp; he should have acted in concert with the Rougons.The Fortune of the Rougons
"I'm looking for that scamp of a Marjolin," replied the artist.The Fat and the Thin
- an idle mischievous person; rascal
- a mischievous child
Word Origin for scamp
- a less common word for skimp
1782, "highway robber," probably from dialectal verb scamp "to roam" (1753, perhaps from 16c.), shortened from scamper. Used affectionately in sense "rascal" since 1808.