rapscallion

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Etymology[edit]

From an alteration of rascallion, a fanciful elaboration of rascal (someone who is naughty).

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  • IPA(key): /ɹæpˈskæljən/
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rapscallion (plural rapscallions)

  1. A rascal, scamp, rogue, or scoundrel.
    • 1901, Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford, The Inheritors, ch. 3:
      She was the sister who had remained within the pale; I, the rapscallion of a brother whose vagaries were trying to his relations.

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Adjective[edit]

rapscallion (comparative more rapscallion, superlative most rapscallion)

  1. Disreputable, roguish.
    • 1869 May, Anthony Trollope, “Miss Stanbury’s Generosity”, in He Knew He Was Right, volume I, London: Strahan and Company, publishers, [], OCLC 1118026626, page 93:
      [H]e is dressed in such a rapscallion manner that the people would think you were talking to a house-breaker.
    • 1895, Charlotte M. Yonge, chapter 23, The Carbonels:
      "I baint a-going to give my master's property to a lot of rapscallion thieves and robbers like you."

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