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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
A mean, disreputable, or contemptible person; a rascal, a rogue.
adjectiveEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
Rascally, disreputable; wretched; worn-out; worthless.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Knox (c1514–1572), religious reformer. Origin unknown. Perhaps an alteration of ribald, after scabbard or scallard.
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