noun ras·cal \ˈras-kəl\

: a person and especially a young person who causes trouble or does things that annoy people

: a cruel or dishonest man

Full Definition of RASCAL

:  a mean, unprincipled, or dishonest person
:  a mischievous person or animal
rascal adjective

Examples of RASCAL

  1. Which one of you rascals woke me up?
  2. <some cold-blooded rascal had set the barn afire, killing all of the horses>

Origin of RASCAL

Middle English rascaile foot soldiers, commoners, worthless person, from Anglo-French rascaille, from Old French dialect (Norman & Picard) *rasquer to scrape, clean off, from Vulgar Latin *rasicare
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with RASCAL

RASCAL Defined for Kids


noun ras·cal \ˈra-skəl\

Definition of RASCAL for Kids

:  a usually young mischievous person
:  a mean or dishonest person


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