Definition of scally in English:



  • (in the north-west of England, especially Liverpool) a roguish self-assured young person, typically a man, who is boisterous, disruptive, or irresponsible.

    ‘at her Birkenhead school she was head girl, but also had a reputation for being a scally’
    • ‘One of his conquests, who I shall call Gretchen because she has already suffered enough because of her association with the scally, revealed all to me…’
    • ‘The scallies were gonnae smash the pub up if they didn't play.’
    • ‘Students, scallies, scenesters, Madchester survivors, teenagers and 40-somethings, this band strike a chord in many a Mancunian heart in much the way the Roses did in their day.’
    • ‘You get scallies down the front going mental, old fellas.’
    • ‘With their tracksuit tops, lank hair and implausibly fresh faces, they look more like teenage scallies than harbingers of a musical revolution, but their enthusiasm is infectious.’
    • ‘To be honest it is heaving with 16 year old scallies out on the pull.’
    • ‘In a dusty Mexican border town called Manchester, an aged gunslinger downs his last whiskey in the Cornerhouse Saloon before a vicious high-noon shoot out with the local scallies, nay… banditos…’
    • ‘Dodging the scallies on Chapel Street, I eventually found the said venue tucked away on Bloom Street.’
    • ‘This place is full of scallies and is extremely expensive.’
    • ‘Outside Liverpool's Melwood training complex, a scally is bunking off school.’
    • ‘The sharp wit is important, but it needs to be complemented by something, or you're just a street-wise scally.’
    • ‘We went out and found these scallies with a crowbar.’
    • ‘By this point everyone's shouting along: hipsters, Ordsall scallies, students, indie kids, it's like Madchester all over again.’
    • ‘At the end of the day it was just four scallies trying to make an album and it's had a profound effect on a lot of people, and that's what you do it for, innit?’
    • ‘During the 1990s, Liverpool's biggest contribution to mainstream rock culture involved dispatching platoons of terrifying feral scallies to mug people at Glastonbury.’
    • ‘The boys are right scallies, sticking two fingers up to authority and getting into every scam going.’
    • ‘We've called him Scallywag because he is a scally and his tail never stops wagging.’
    • ‘We got to one of the entrance gates and followed the fence round until we met the first group of dodgy scallies.’
    • ‘GLC must be the most harmonised pseudo scallies known to mankind; with nine of them on stage, each with synchronised movements and most definitely co-ordinated outfits.’
    • ‘He is visited by Pat, the black-market scally with retribution on his mind for the loss of the trawling father he never met.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, outlaw, offender, felon, convict, jailbird, malefactor, wrongdoer, black hat, supervillain
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1980s: abbreviation of scallywag.