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1A person, especially a child, who is mischievous in a likable or amusing way.
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- ‘That's why - in a recent internal e-mail sent round the publishing company - those star-beckoning scamps placed a well-known musician atop their priority list.’
- ‘One of the main differences we'll find it in is the way the familiar angels and devils are caricatured in a innocent-looking style, but that's deceiving; they are scamps, mischievous and even violent characters.’
- ‘A retreat into a redemptive enclave of winkingly open-minded post-Marxist scamps, it's nearly pristine in its high-minded tomfoolery.’
- ‘Dad's well aware, then, that the little scamps can't give up their penchant for… water balloons.’
- ‘While their classmates were courting concussion with head-banging, these young scamps would borrow equipment from electronic stores to ‘test them out’, use them to make music, then exchange them for different items.’
- ‘The DVD features the entire first season, 13 episodes, that find the four scamps in every imaginable sort of scrape.’
- ‘Apparently, many underage Korean scamps borrow adults' resident registration numbers and credit card numbers to log onto adult sites.’
- ‘Everything he's been through, no matter what life throws at him, he's still a little scamp, who loves his family and behaves like any other intelligent, sometimes naughty boy.’
- ‘So, if you're in the Manchester area and you see someone with their fingers tightly crossed, it may not be because some cheeky young scamps have been playing games with superglue.’
- ‘Nothing new there, you might reply, you cheeky young scamps, and I'm hardly in much of a position to persuade you otherwise.’
- ‘My son is such a scamp for not telling me beforehand that you were coming over to dine with us tonight!’
- ‘He's a bit of a charming scamp, a perfect fit for the exuberant, free-wheeling '60s.’
- ‘We are supposed to think that they're adorably life-affirming, unreconstructed old scamps, but I have never seen a more charmless and conceited bunch.’
- ‘The cheating scandal upset Maxwell and Anthony so much that they put salt in his sugar, the naughty scamps.’
- ‘If the little scamp tries anything, I'll be on his throat in a second, as will these guards around here.’
- ‘Are their children adorable little scamps or perfect little angels?’
- ‘While the uber-gathering is undoubtedly for a highly worthwhile cause, both Noel and Damon have raised their hands like cheeky classroom scamps and announced that they have a few ‘issues’ with the whole thing.’
- ‘You may baulk at forking out your hard-earned cash for these extravagantly self-obsessed, petulant, little scamps.’
- ‘A young scamp in the comments box gently chided me for the fact that none of my favourites were recorded later than the 1980's.’
- ‘He tells us when he has a hangover, and he swears a lot, the scamp.’
- 1.1 A wicked or worthless person; a rogue.
- ‘In that way, it's more noble than a lot of these kinds of movies: you can make an honest man out of a scamp without making him less of a man.’
Mid 18th century (denoting a highwayman): from obsolete scamp rob on the highway probably from Middle Dutch schampen slip away from Old French eschamper flee the battlefield from champ field.
Do (something) in a perfunctory or inadequate way.
- ‘This is the most interesting aspect of Harvey's story and it is unfortunately scamped.’
- ‘Hence it has happened and will happen again, that work which has been undertaken at unremunerative rates has been ‘scamped’ to make it pay.’
Mid 19th century: perhaps the same word as scamp, but associated in sense with the verb skimp.
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