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



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.
  2. (attributive) Roguish, disreputable.
    • 1869, Anthony Trollope. He Knew He Was Right, ch. 12:
      [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, The Carbonels, ch. 23:
      "I baint a-going to give my master's property to a lot of rapscallion thieves and robbers like you."