Complete Definition of "rascal"

English

Pronunciation
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Etymology
Recorded since c.1330, as rascaile "people of the lowest class, rabble of an army", derived from Old French rascaille "outcast, rabble" (12c.; modern French racaille), perhaps from rasque "mud, filth, scab, dregs," from Vulgar Latin *rasicare "to scrape". The singular form is first attested in 1461; the present extended sense of "low, dishonest person" is from early 1586.

Noun
en-noun

  1. Someone who is naughty; either playfully mischievous or a troublemaker, a dishonest person, a scoundrel.

#:If you have deer in the area, you may have to put a fence around your garden to keep the rascals out.

Synonyms
(someone who is naughty): devil, imp, mischief-maker, scamp, scoundrel

Translations
trans-top|someone who is naughty
Croatian: lupež m
Dutch: bengel m, rakker m, rekel m
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Finnish: riiviö, ilkiö, raskali
Polish: Å‚ajdak m, Å‚otr, szubrawiec m
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Adjective
rascal

#archaic part of or belonging to the common rabble

Translations
trans-top|part of the common rabble
Dutch: ondeugend, rekels
French: méchant
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Polish: hołota (plural only)
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