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rascally

[ras-kuh-lee] /ˈræs kə li/
adjective
1.
being, characteristic of, or befitting a rascal.
adverb
2.
in a rascally manner.
Origin of rascally
1590-1600
1590-1600; rascal + -ly
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  • And what a damned shame it was that rascally employers should have cut down her prices!

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • The rascally boys always had an excuse for any one trick they were caught at.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • If in such a case he could not get round a rascally solicitor, what could he do?

    The Testing of Diana Mallory Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I owned a rascally slave named Gus whom I used to watch stealing.

    The Clansman Thomas Dixon
  • They answered that they had come to seize the vessels and their rascally crews.

  • "It's too rascally even for the Germans, Max," declared Dale at last.

    Two Daring Young Patriots W. P. Shervill
  • I dare say these rascally republicans would know no better if he were to be married in his everyday suit.

    Gycia Lewis Morris
  • What was our chagrin to find that the rascally wolves had been before us!

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for rascally

rascally

/ˈrɑːskəlɪ/
adjective
1.
dishonest or mean; base
2.
(archaic) (esp of places) wretchedly unpleasant; miserable
adverb
3.
in a dishonest or mean fashion
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Word Origin and History for rascally
adj.

"low, mean, unprincipled," from rascal + -ly (1).

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