Definition of rapscallion in English:



archaic, humorous
  • A mischievous person.

    ‘they were the rapscallions behind this practical joke’
    • ‘These rapscallions were more likely to flee than fight if confronted by the crew.’
    • ‘Young rapscallions would throw them at people's feet.’
    • ‘The rest of the population seems to be a hodgepodge of rapscallions who all speak different languages.’
    • ‘I decided that I would give the rapscallion a severe lashing as recompense for his untimely calling.’
    • ‘You don't have to read this, you rapscallions, and you can always try writing rude words in the comments section if you want to.’
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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Late 17th century: alteration of earlier rascallion, perhaps from rascal.