rascal

noun
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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rascal adjective

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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No brewery or bar wants to be known as the destination for every parent whose energetic little rascals want to spark sandbox drama. Andrew Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Kid-friendly taprooms booming in the East Bay. Is that a good thing?," 13 Aug. 2019 Unfortunately, his flat delivery misses most of the ironic comedy in this wily rascal, accidentally elevated to power, whose decidedly eccentric verdicts somehow manage to achieve true justice. Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times, "Review: It’s rich versus poor in Antaeus Theatre’s ‘Caucasian Chalk Circle’," 20 July 2019 Over the phone, Downe is a likeable, raspy-voiced rascal. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "An ’80s glam-metal survivor tells all," 9 July 2019 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 Who Inspired Game of Thrones," 10 Apr. 2019 Making a splash chez Cynthia Rowley was Spongebob Square Pants, a favorite of Marc Jacobs’s, who not only has a tattoo of the cartoon character, but carried a bag featuring the little rascal at his Spring 2008 show for Louis Vuitton. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "It’s Time to Take a Recess From Serious Fashion—13 Camp Creations on the Fall Runways," 8 Apr. 2019 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 Who Inspired Game of Thrones," 10 Apr. 2019 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

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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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rascal

noun

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

rascal

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

Kids Definition of rascal

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

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