scamp

noun
\ˈskamp \

Definition of scamp 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : rascal, rogue

2 : an impish or playful young person

scamp

verb
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

Noun

scampish \ ˈskam-​pish \ 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

Justin Bieber, the little scamp from across the northern border, might have worn a wedding band on the engagement finger while doing some laps in the West Village Thursday night, but he’s not getting married yet. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Justin Bieber Pump-Faked an Engagement," 22 June 2018 In this re-telling Don Quixote, two scamps traveling through 16th-century Spain will tell the adventures of the chivalrous nobleman. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: Backyard Country BBQ, Alaska Hempfest and a night of island and reggae music," 21 June 2018 There’s not a single reality TV lunatic, soap opera scamp, or golfer. Jason Gay, WSJ, "‘Dancing With the Stars’ Twirls to the Jocks," 29 Apr. 2018 Over the years, the scamps have bitten the ankles and trouser bottoms of a policeman, the Royal Clock Winder, a chauffeur and a member of the Grenadier Guard and a palace sentry. William Booth, chicagotribune.com, "Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty," 18 Apr. 2018 The scamps bit the ankles and trouser bottoms of a policeman, the Royal Clock Winder, a chauffeur and a member of the Grenadier Guard and a palace sentry. William Booth, Washington Post, "Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty," 18 Apr. 2018 As a result, Harvey has the audience on his side, ready to overlook his behavior as a lovable scamp. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "JPAS premieres 'Catch Me If You Can,' a criminally enjoyable hit," 17 Apr. 2018 Jeff Bergman voices Trump as a blathering, mischievous little scamp, running around Washington, D.C., and trying to get his grubby little hands on the nuclear football. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Our Cartoon President Makes Us Wonder: Why Can’t Anyone Make a Decent Donald Trump Satire?," 9 Feb. 2018 Most of the production was filmed on location in Berlin, and the long tracking exteriors along cobbled streets with vintage cars, passenger trams, and scamps begging for coins are dazzling. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Your New Winter TV Binge Is Here: Babylon Berlin," 30 Jan. 2018

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

Noun

1808, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scamp

Noun

obsolete scamp to roam about idly

Verb

origin unknown

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scamp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scamp

: a child who causes trouble usually in a playful way

scamp

noun
\ˈskamp \

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