rascal

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noun ras·cal \ ˈras-kəl \

Definition of rascal

1 :a mean, unprincipled, or dishonest person
2 :a mischievous person or animal

rascal

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Examples of rascal in a Sentence

  1. Which one of you rascals woke me up?

  2. some cold-blooded rascal had set the barn afire, killing all of the horses

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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


RASCAL Defined for English Language Learners

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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

rascal

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noun ras·cal \ ˈra-skəl \

Definition of rascal for Students

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


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