ras·​cal·​ly ˈra-skə-lē How to pronounce rascally (audio)
: of or characteristic of a rascal
rascally adverb

Examples of rascally in a Sentence

those rascally boys had let all of the lab mice out of their cages
Recent Examples on the Web In 1950, scientists deployed a virus called Myxoma to destroy the rascally rabbits. Bethany Brookshire, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2022 The Los Angeles Rams, starring as the rascally rabbit, defeated the slow-and-deliberate Cincinnati Bengals in a fascinating case study between completely opposite approaches to team-building. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2022 Esty’s flight from Brooklyn has the feel of a thriller, complete with a cat-and-mouse chase as Yanky and his rascally cousin Moishe fly to Germany in pursuit. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2020 Mitch and Haylie Ferguson said the rascally rodent had somehow gotten into the fireplace, then proceeded to go on a 10-minute rampage running around the living room, news agency SWNS reports. Fox News, 19 Dec. 2019 Oldest sib Creighton, 32, thought back to the family’s former home, the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River, and the cops who’d bug him and his rascally brothers around town. Sean Gregory/bongpyeong, Time, 11 Feb. 2018 The event, which is already sold-out in the elegant waterfront Clipper Room at Hammond Marina, will include topics from the history of farming to today's gardening and wrangling with rascally rabbit populations. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, 30 Mar. 2018 See More

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Word History


rascal + -ly entry 1

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rascally was in 1594

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“Rascally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rascally. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ras·​cal·​ly ˈras-kə-lē How to pronounce rascally (audio)
: of or resembling that of a rascal
a rascally trick
rascally adverb
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