scalawag

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

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

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Origin and Etymology of scalawag

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SCALAWAG Defined for English Language Learners

scalawag

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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\
variants: or

scallywag

\ˈska-li-ˌwag\

Definition of scalawag for Students

  1. :  rascal 1



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