an unscrupulous and often mischievous person; rascal; rogue; scalawag.
a playful, mischievous, or naughty young person; upstart.
a grouper, Mycteroperca phenax, of Florida: so called from its habit of stealing bait.
verb (used with object)
to do or perform in a hasty or careless manner: to scamp work.

1775–85; obsolete scamp to travel about idly or for mischief, perhaps < obsolete Dutch schampen to be gone < Old French escamper to decamp

scamper, noun
scampingly, adverb
scampish, adjective
scampishly, adverb
scampishness, noun
unscamped, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
scamp1 (skæmp)
1.  an idle mischievous person; rascal
2.  a mischievous child
[C18: from scamp (vb) to be a highway robber, probably from Middle Dutch schampen to decamp, from Old French escamper, from es-ex-1 + -camper, from Latin campus field]

scamp2 (skæmp)
a less common word for skimp

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Word Origin & History

1782, "highway robber," probably from dialectal verb scamp "to roam" (1753), shortened from scamper. Used affectionately in sense "rascal" since 1808.

"do in a hasty manner," 1837, perhaps from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. skemma "to shorten," from skammr "short"), or a blend of scant and skimp (q.v.).
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Example sentences
The answer is related to two issues that correspond to the two halves of the journalistic soul, the scamp and the saint.
Large predatory species that are commonly found here include groupers such as scamp and snowy grouper, red snapper, and amberjack.
He is a fierce dramatic firebrand trying to be a frisky scamp.
By that time her engagement to the scamp has been announced, more in pique than anything else.
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