rascal NOUN a mischievous or cheeky person.
DERIVATIVES rascality noun rascally adjective.
ORIGIN originally in the senses «a mob» and «member of the rabble»: from Old French rascaille 'rabble' .

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  • Rascally — Ras cal*ly (r[a^]s kal*l[y^]), a. Like a rascal; trickish or dishonest; base; worthless; often in humorous disparagement, without implication of dishonesty. [1913 Webster] Our rascally porter is fallen fast asleep. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rascally — [ras′kə lē] adj. of or like a rascal; base; dishonest; mean adv. in a rascally manner …   English World dictionary

  • rascally — index artful, lawless, machiavellian, profligate (corrupt), reprobate, sinister, unconscionable …   Law dictionary

  • rascally — [[t]rɑ͟ːskəli, ræ̱s [/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone as a rascally person, you mean that they behave badly and are wicked or dishonest. [LITERARY] They stumble across a ghost town inhabited by a rascally gold prospector …   English dictionary

  • rascally — /ˈraskəli/ (say rahskuhlee) adjective 1. being, characteristic of, or befitting a rascal or knave; dishonest; mean: a rascally trick. 2. (of places, etc.) wretchedly bad or unpleasant. –adverb 3. in a rascally manner …  

  • rascally — adjective Date: 1594 of or characteristic of a rascal • rascally adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • rascally — /ras keuh lee/, adj. 1. being, characteristic of, or befitting a rascal. adv. 2. in a rascally manner. [1590 1600; RASCAL + LY] * * * …   Universalium

  • rascally — 1. adjective Like a rascal. Im going to get you, you rascally rabbit! 2. adverb In the manner of a rascal …   Wiktionary

  • rascally — adjective 1. lacking principles or scruples the rascally rabble the tyranny of a scoundrelly aristocracy W.M. Thackaray the captain was set adrift by his roguish crew • Syn: ↑roguish, ↑scoundrelly, ↑blackguardly …   Useful english dictionary

  • rascally — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. base, dishonest, vicious, vile; see dishonest 1 , 2 , mean 3 , wicked 1 , 2 …   English dictionary for students

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