One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mischievous person.‘they were the rapscallions behind this practical joke’
scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘These rapscallions were more likely to flee than fight if confronted by the crew.’
- ‘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.’
Late 17th century: alteration of earlier rascallion, perhaps from rascal.
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