- 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 scampingscrimp, screw, slight, pinch, scrape, withhold, spare, scamp, scant, save, stint
Examples from the Web for scamping
Historical Examples of scamping
That's it, but what has that to do with the scare at the tunnel and the scamping?Scamping Tricks and Odd Knowledge
In fact, scamping the work was with this man a kind of mania.The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
There is no scamping detail here, nor is there any excess of it.Dumas' Paris
Yet so sure is his touch that in the mass of these hundreds of designs to Shakespeare you are not conscious of any scamping.English Illustration 'The Sixties': 1855-70
M. Stumpe's intrepid industry was further shown in disregard of customary "scamping" subterfuges.
- an idle mischievous person; rascal
- a mischievous child
Word Origin for scamp
- a less common word for skimp
Word Origin and History for scamping
1782, "highway robber," probably from dialectal verb scamp "to roam" (1753, perhaps from 16c.), shortened from scamper. Used affectionately in sense "rascal" since 1808.