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rascal

[ras-kuh l] /ˈræs kəl/
noun
1.
a base, dishonest, or unscrupulous person.
2.
a mischievous person or animal:
That child is a real rascal.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English rascaile, raskaille < Old French rascaille rabble; perhaps akin to rash2
Related forms
rascallike, adjective
Synonyms
1. rapscallion, scamp, villain, miscreant, scapegrace. See knave.
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British Dictionary definitions for rascallike

rascal

/ˈrɑːskəl/
noun
1.
a disreputable person; villain
2.
a mischievous or impish rogue
3.
an affectionate or mildly reproving term for a child or old man you little rascal, the wicked old rascal kissed her
4.
(obsolete) a person of lowly birth
adjective
5.
(prenominal) (obsolete)
  1. belonging to the mob or rabble
  2. dishonest; knavish
Word Origin
C14: from Old French rascaille rabble, perhaps from Old Norman French rasque mud, filth
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Word Origin and History for rascallike
rascal
early 14c., rascaile "people of the lowest class, rabble of an army," from O.Fr. rascaille "outcast, rabble" (12c.), perhaps from rasque "mud, filth, scab, dregs," from V.L. *rasicare "to scrape" (see rash (n.)). The singular form is first attested mid-15c.; extended sense of "low, dishonest person" is from 1580s.
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