scamp

[ skamp ]
/ skæmp /

noun

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.

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 (1 of 2)

scamp

1
/ (skæmp) /

noun

an idle mischievous person; rascal
a mischievous child

Derived Forms

scampish, 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

British Dictionary definitions for scamp (2 of 2)

scamp

2
/ (skæmp) /

verb

a less common word for skimp

Derived Forms

scamper, noun
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