a rascal; rogue; scamp.

1690–1700; earlier rascallion, based on rascal

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rapscallion (ræpˈskæljən)
a disreputable person; rascal or rogue
[C17: from earlier rascallion; see rascal]

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Word Origin & History

1690s, alteration of rascallion (1640s), a fanciful elaboration of rascal (q.v.). It is the parallel term of now-extinct rampallion (1590s), from M.E. ramp (n.) "ill-behaved woman" (mid-15c.), which is probably connected to the definition of romp in Johnson's Dictionary (1755) as "a rude, awkward, boisterous,
untaught girl."
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Example sentences
After the rapscallion thief races the mortified cowboy, determined to recapture his gun.
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