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[rap-skal-yuh n] /ræpˈskæl yən/
a rascal; rogue; scamp.
Origin of rapscallion
1690-1700; earlier rascallion, based on rascal Unabridged
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  • Depend upon it, sir, unless the rapscallion rebels should catch and hang me up to one of the tall aiks o' the Chaudière.

    The Bastonnais John Lesperance
  • "We'll soon put an end to your coronets," said a rapscallion in the mob.

    Pencillings by the Way N. Parker Willis
  • What a rapscallion crew, male and female, followed this great mob of gold seekers, and grew richer as their victims grew poorer!

  • That man come heah the firs day, an I knowed hes a rapscallion.

    The Ranchman Charles Alden Seltzer
  • Why she married sech a rapscallion as Mahlon, I'll never tell you, an' I don't believe she knows herself.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • This thing (pointing to Drinkwater) is the greatest liar, thief, drunkard, and rapscallion on the west coast.

    Captain Brassbound's Conversion George Bernard Shaw
  • I 'm Captain of the Sea Gull, and there 's not a rapscallion on board who would risk his skull to help you.

    Gordon Craig Randall Parrish
  • Call the rapscallion—no, I mean the diabolical villain—out and shoot him!

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • I don't think he could have meant better than rapscallion; he's awfully fond of that horse.

    The Whole Family William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton
British Dictionary definitions for rapscallion


a disreputable person; rascal or rogue
Word Origin
C17: from earlier rascallion; see rascal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rapscallion

1690s, alteration of rascallion (1640s), a fanciful elaboration of rascal (q.v.). It had a parallel in now-extinct rampallion (1590s), from Middle English ramp (n.2) "ill-behaved woman."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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