- 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
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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Examples from the Web for scampish
Richard was the scampish brother by whose death she inherited all.Rossmoyne
Why the deuce should this fellow be going to Coveton, of all places least calculated to attract such a scampish vagabond?Mirk Abbey, Volume 2(of 3)
A slight shade fell over the reckless, scampish face; he was a moment vexed that we scorned him.Helmet of Navarre
Lovat, the eldest son, being the handsomest and by far the most scampish of the children, is of course his mother's idol.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
She sallies forth at night, and her friends are the scampish among the sons of the lower class of tenant-farmers.Hodge and His Masters
- an idle mischievous person; rascal
- a mischievous child
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
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Word Origin and History for scampish
1782, "highway robber," probably from dialectal verb scamp "to roam" (1753, perhaps from 16c.), shortened from scamper. Used affectionately in sense "rascal" since 1808.
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