Definition of rascal
1 : a mean, unprincipled, or dishonest person
2 : a mischievous person or animal
Examples of rascal in a Sentence
Which one of you rascals woke me up?
some cold-blooded rascal had set the barn afire, killing all of the horses
Recent Examples of rascal from the Web
The Soul is usually classified as a subcompact crossover based on the Rio platform, which brings us to another surprise: The little rascal scampered off with a 10Best Trucks and SUVs award, anchoring the affordable-and-parkable end of the spectrum.
Some things remained beyond the master's reach, perhaps because of the very qualities that made him a great designer, and at times, a rascal and a thoroughly miserable person to be around.
In 1940, after critics complained that Superman and Batman were too violent, All-American Comics hired as a consultant a psychologist, lawyer, all-around rascal, and onetime Hollywood P.R. man named William Moulton Marston.
Depp plays his charming rascal in the lightheaded manner of a man who has either been in the sun too long or knows something no one else does.
These little rascals provide hours of low-tech amusement.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rascal'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
RASCAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rascal for English Language Learners
: a person and especially a young person who causes trouble or does things that annoy people
: a cruel or dishonest man
RASCAL Defined for Kids
Definition of rascal for Students
1 : a usually young mischievous person
2 : a mean or dishonest person
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up rascal? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).