noun scal·a·wag \ˈska-li-ˌwag\

: a usually young person who causes trouble

Full Definition of SCALAWAG

:  a white Southerner acting in support of the reconstruction governments after the American Civil War often for private gain

Variants of SCALAWAG

scal·a·wag or scal·ly·wag \ˈska-li-ˌwag\

Examples of SCALAWAG

  1. <a scalawag who had taken to begging on street corners while posing as a blind person>

Origin of SCALAWAG

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1848

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


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