verb (used with object)
Origin of scamp
Examples from the Web for 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|Tom Sykes|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Ben knew the scamp on the instant, from the description given him, and the sight of the flying rascal told him the truth.The Telegraph Messenger Boy|Edward S. Ellis
Ah, you're just as bad as the students themselves in your fondness for that scamp!Frank Merriwell's Return to Yale|Burt L. Standish
Here was the scamp who had diddled Rochester out of the coal mine, the father of the woman who had diddled him out of thousands.The Man Who Lost Himself|H. De Vere Stacpoole
Well, there's somebody that loves you more than Scamp, that I know.Hetty Gray|Rosa Mulholland
I knew well that I was what the world calls a scamp, and I knew also that I had got little good out of the fact.The Autobiography of a Quack And The Case Of George Dedlow|S. Weir Mitchell
Word Origin for scamp
1782, "highway robber," probably from dialectal verb scamp "to roam" (1753, perhaps from 16c.), shortened from scamper. Used affectionately in sense "rascal" since 1808.
"do in a hasty manner," 1837, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skemma "to shorten, make shorter," from skammr "short; brief; lately"), or a blend of scant and skimp [Klein], or a back-formation from scamper. Related: Scamped; scamping.