scalawag

noun
scal·​a·​wag | \ ˈska-li-ˌwag How to pronounce scalawag (audio) \
variants: or

Definition of scalawag

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

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Examples of scalawag in a Sentence

a scalawag who had taken to begging on street corners while posing as a blind person
Recent Examples on the Web Louisville’s Brown-Forman is accusing rum-peddling partner Bacardi of being a scalawag. Alfred Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Brown-Forman says Bacardi stiffing the Jack Daniel's owner out of more than $60 million," 1 July 2020 The Old West has been larger than life ever since the first dime novelists made legends out of lawmen, outlaws, and assorted frontier scalawags. Patricia Harris, BostonGlobe.com, "Thundering out of an iconic American past: The Buffalo Roundup in South Dakota’s Custer State Park," 20 Aug. 2019 Mark Twain's Mississippi, alive with steamboats, scalawags, and gamblers, has a hold on us still. CBS News, "A trip down the mighty Mississippi," 7 July 2019 Salvatore Lodi made his debut as Little Mouse, while Kellan Hayag was a floppy-haired, scampering scalawag Fritz. Laura Bleiberg, latimes.com, "ABT's 'Nutcracker,' a new classic worth watching over and over (and over)," 11 Dec. 2017 Back on their own ship, the scalawags must decide how to divvy up the booty. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Riddle of the Week #17: The Pirates and Their Booty," 23 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of scalawag

circa 1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scalawag

origin unknown

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The first known use of scalawag was circa 1848

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Cite this Entry

“Scalawag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scalawag. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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scalawag

noun
How to pronounce scalawag (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scalawag

informal + somewhat old-fashioned : a usually young person who causes trouble

scalawag

noun
scal·​a·​wag
variants: or scallywag \ ˈska-​li-​ˌwag \

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