rapscallion

noun rap·scal·lion \ rap-ˈskal-yən \

Definition of rapscallion

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Examples of rapscallion in a Sentence

  1. the city's run-down waterfront was occupied mostly by disreputable places frequented by drunkards and rapscallions

  2. that little rapscallion kept hiding my shoes and making me go look for them

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The word rascal has been part of English since the 15th century, but on its own it apparently didn’t quite capture the disagreeable nature of the wily knaves of yore. By the 17th century, English speakers had modified "rascal" to create "rascallion." But it seems that even that term didn’t sound quite mischievous enough. By the century’s end, "rascallion" had been further altered to create "rapscallion." Today, "rapscallion" is still commonly used as a synonym for "blackguard," "scoundrel," and "miscreant." "Rascallion" is still around as well, but it’s very rare.

Origin and Etymology of rapscallion

alteration of earlier rascallion, irregular from rascal



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