Etymology: Of origin, "scalawag" refers to a "rascal" and is probably from sgalog a labourer.
- (context, pejorative, US, archaic) Any white Southerner who supported the federal plan of Reconstruction after the Civil War or who joined with the black freedman and the carpetbaggers in support of Republican Party policies.
- (context, pejorative, archaic) A rascal. (alternative spelling of, scallyway)
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