scalawag

noun
scal·a·wag | \ˈska-li-ˌwag \
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

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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

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scalawag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scalawag

: a usually young person who causes trouble

scalawag

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

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