scapegrace

[ skeyp-greys ]
/ ˈskeɪpˌgreɪs /

noun

a complete rogue or rascal; a habitually unscrupulous person; scamp.

Nearby words

  1. scapa flow,
  2. scape,
  3. scape wheel,
  4. scapegoat,
  5. scapegoatism,
  6. scapewheel,
  7. scapha,
  8. scapho-,
  9. scaphocephalic,
  10. scaphocephaly

Origin of scapegrace

First recorded in 1800–10; scape2 + grace

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British Dictionary definitions for scapegrace

scapegrace

/ (ˈskeɪpˌɡreɪs) /

noun

an idle mischievous person

Word Origin for scapegrace

C19: from scape ² + grace, alluding to a person who lacks God's grace

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Word Origin and History for scapegrace

scapegrace

n.

1767, from scape (v.) + grace (n.); as if "one who escapes the grace of God." Possibly influenced by scapegoat.

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