\ ˈskamp How to pronounce scamp (audio) \

Definition of scamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : rascal, rogue
2 : an impish or playful young person


scamped; scamping; scamps

Definition of scamp (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to perform or deal with in a hasty, neglectful, or imperfect manner

Other Words from scamp


scampish \ ˈskam-​pish How to pronounce scamp (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scamp in a Sentence

Noun those little scamps are always getting into trouble, but no one has the heart to punish them an insincere and ruthlessly ambitious scamp who was willing to do anything to win the reality show's grand prize
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the core of the show, Will is more or less the same: a charming, charismatic, basketball-loving scamp whose mouth always gets him into trouble. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 14 Feb. 2022 Davy Jones, a British vocalist, was the cute scamp; Micky Dolenz, the drummer and primary lead singer, was the wild jokester; and Peter Tork, the bass player, was the lovable dim bulb. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2021 One is a queen, one is a baker, one is a mischievous scamp. Rachel Handler, Vulture, 3 Dec. 2021 Her affect evokes old-timey words — scamp, scapegrace, minx. New York Times, 22 July 2021 Loki's number one fan, Mobius, scrolled through a couple of Loki variants while giving a presentation on the scamp's range early in the episode. Leah Marilla Thomas,, 17 June 2021 She’s the child of a single mother, then an orphan, then a thieving scamp on the London streets, and then, with no visible training, a couturier. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 28 May 2021 One to watch is baritone Aaron Keeney, whose robust low register helps make the tattooed young butcher an intriguing scamp. Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 If Tom Hanks has officially come to own the title of America’s Dad, Liam Neeson is more like the Irish uncle who took you to your first bar: rugged, rowdy, a little bit of a scamp. Leah Greenblatt,, 6 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While its individual characters feel largely interchangeable, the movie hums with life and pleasure when Borowczyk lets his nuns twirl around the chapel in a painterly tableau and scamp through the convent. Elle Carroll, Vulture, 6 Dec. 2021 Sunshine scamps: The Florida Project is a delighful, poignant, dark-and-light movie about kids living on the seedy side of Disney. Rebecca Onion, Slate Magazine, 6 Oct. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of scamp


1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scamp


obsolete scamp to roam about idly


origin unknown

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“Scamp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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