[ skamp ]
/ skæmp /


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.

verb (used with object)

to do or perform in a hasty or careless manner: to scamp work.

Nearby words

  1. scamander,
  2. scambaiting,
  3. scamillus,
  4. scammer,
  5. scammony,
  6. scamper,
  7. scampi,
  8. scamster,
  9. scamto,
  10. scan

Origin of scamp

1775–85; obsolete scamp to travel about idly or for mischief, perhaps < obsolete Dutch schampen to be gone < Old French escamper to decamp

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British Dictionary definitions for scamp


/ (skæmp) /


an idle mischievous person; rascal
a mischievous child
Derived Formsscampish, adjective

Word Origin for scamp

C18: from scamp (vb) to be a highway robber, probably from Middle Dutch schampen to decamp, from Old French escamper, from es- ex- 1 + -camper, from Latin campus field


a less common word for skimp
Derived Formsscamper, noun

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