scalawag

noun scal·a·wag \ˈska-li-ˌwag\

Definition of scalawag

  1. 1 :  scamp, reprobate

  2. 2 :  a white Southerner acting in support of the reconstruction governments after the American Civil War often for private gain

Examples of scalawag in a sentence

  1. <a scalawag who had taken to begging on street corners while posing as a blind person>

Variants of scalawag

or

\ˈska-li-ˌwag\

Origin and Etymology of scalawag

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1848


SCALAWAG Defined for English Language Learners

scalawag

noun scal·a·wag \ˈska-li-ˌwag\

Definition of scalawag for English Language Learners

  • : a usually young person who causes trouble


SCALAWAG Defined for Kids

scalawag

noun scal·a·wag \ˈska-li-ˌwag\

Definition of scalawag for Students

  1. :  rascal 1

Variants of scalawag

or

scallywag

\ˈska-li-ˌwag\


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up scalawag? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

sparing in use of food or drink

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • fox-in-front-of-cabin-in-winter
  • The month of December comes from a Latin word that referred to which month of the year?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ