ras·​cal | \ ˈra-skəl How to pronounce rascal (audio) \

Definition of rascal

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

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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

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And should someone, somewhere, indeed manage to unambiguously nab one of the little rascals, then the real fun begins. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 Eric Zachanowich/20th Century Fox Of course, Tucker is a rascal and a criminal. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Robert Redford bids farewell to the silver screen in the pitch-perfect The Old Man & the Gun," 28 Sep. 2018 Not all squirrels are charming rascals out for a nut. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "At summer campsite, cute squirrels can go rogue," 9 July 2018 For someone who came up as a restaurant rascal, Mr. Bourdain had a strong moral impulse, which showed in his reflections on the #MeToo movement and the failings of his own industry. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Anthony Bourdain: The Man Who Ate the World," 8 June 2018 Scorpios are pretty much the rascals of the zodiac, known for being true friends albeit a little stubborn at times. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, "What Movies to Watch on Netflix, According to Your Zodiac Sign," 24 May 2018 Anne and George Boleyn There are echoes of Anne Boleyn and her brother George in those lovable rascals Cersei and Jaime Lannister. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "The Real People That Inspired Game of Thrones," 13 July 2017 People treated Cincinnati under Huggins like the Raiders of college basketball, rebels, rogues, and rascals. Christopher L. Gasper, BostonGlobe.com, "A mellower Bob Huggins still winning big at West Virginia," 22 Mar. 2018 Seg-El grows up to be a twenty-something British actor who will one day be the grandfather of Superman but right now appears to be a...bland rascal? Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Krypton': TV Review | SXSW 2018," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rascal

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of rascal

informal + humorous : a person and especially a young person who causes trouble or does things that annoy people
old-fashioned : a cruel or dishonest man


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Kids Definition of rascal

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

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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