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scamp

noun \ ˈskamp \

Definition of scamp

2 :an impish or playful young person

scampish

play \ˈskam-pish\ adjective

Examples of scamp in a Sentence

  1. those little scamps are always getting into trouble, but no one has the heart to punish them

  2. an insincere and ruthlessly ambitious scamp who was willing to do anything to win the reality show's grand prize

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Origin and Etymology of scamp

obsolete scamp to roam about idly


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scamp

verb

Definition of scamp

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

Origin and Etymology of scamp

origin unknown


SCAMP Defined for English Language Learners

scamp

noun

Definition of scamp for English Language Learners

  • : a child who causes trouble usually in a playful way


SCAMP Defined for Kids

scamp

noun \ ˈskamp \

Definition of scamp for Students

:rascal 1


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