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scamp

[skamp] /skæmp/
noun
1.
an unscrupulous and often mischievous person; rascal; rogue; scalawag.
2.
a playful, mischievous, or naughty young person; upstart.
3.
a grouper, Mycteroperca phenax, of Florida: so called from its habit of stealing bait.
verb (used with object)
4.
to do or perform in a hasty or careless manner:
to scamp work.
Origin
obsolete Dutch
1775-1785
1775-85; obsolete scamp to travel about idly or for mischief, perhaps < obsolete Dutch schampen to be gone < Old French escamper to decamp
Related forms
scamper, noun
scampingly, adverb
scampish, adjective
scampishly, adverb
scampishness, noun
unscamped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unscamped

scamp1

/skæmp/
noun
1.
an idle mischievous person; rascal
2.
a mischievous child
Derived Forms
scampish, adjective
Word Origin
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/
verb
1.
a less common word for skimp
Derived Forms
scamper, noun
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Word Origin and History for unscamped
scamp
1782, "highway robber," probably from dialectal verb scamp "to roam" (1753), shortened from scamper. Used affectionately in sense "rascal" since 1808.
scamp
"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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