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Definition of scamp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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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 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,, "Familiar Liam Neeson dramedy Made in Italy brings gnocchi but not much magic: Review," 6 Aug. 2020 Saturday’s workout offered a glimpse into Kapler’s philosophy for the short scamp and how the Giants are using the entire field in unorthodox ways to cram as much work in as short at time as possible. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Logan Webb impresses Buster Posey with ‘electric’ stuff," 4 July 2020 In a 2015 North Carolina study, researchers used externally attached acoustic tags to document the fate of scamp, snowy grouper and speckled hind caught from depths of 200 feet and treated with a descending device. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020 Speaking of death, that scamp Herod was thinking about planning Cleopatra’s. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Mariamne I," 18 Dec. 2019 But the little scamp made it out alive and well enough to continue playing with his little ball once on board the Mandalorian's ship. Will Thorne,, "‘The Mandalorian’: 5 burning questions from episode 3," 21 Nov. 2019 Figaro, our title character, is still a bit of a scamp. Matthew J. Palm,, "Opera Orlando’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ sparkles with fun | Review," 2 Nov. 2019 Chasing those troublesome scamps around the block is a lot of work. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "How to Spot a Serious Gun-Crime Proposal," 3 Sep. 2019 As her sibling Dorabella, Sarah Larsen not only has a wonderful combination of gentleness and power, but weaves the most compelling characterization onstage, the dutiful daughter morphing into a rebellious scamp. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: ‘Cosi fan tutte’ refuses to wilt on humid, stormy night," 15 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "The Angle: Men Behaving Badly Edition," 6 Oct. 2017

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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 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scamp

old-fashioned : a child who causes trouble usually in a playful way


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