AskDefine | Define rascal

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1 a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel [syn: rogue, knave, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag, varlet]
2 one who is playfully mischievous [syn: imp, scamp, monkey, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag]

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Recorded since c.1330, as rascaile "people of the lowest class, rabble of an army", derived from Old French rascaille "outcast, rabble" (12c.; modern French racaille), perhaps from rasque "mud, filth, scab, dregs," from Vulgar Latin *rasicare "to scrape". The singular form is first attested in 1461; the present extended sense of "low, dishonest person" is from early 1586.


  1. Someone who is naughty; either playfully mischievous or a troublemaker, a dishonest person, a scoundrel.
    If you have deer in the area, you may have to put a fence around your garden to keep the rascals out.



someone who is naughty


  1. low(ly), part of or belonging to the common rabble


part of the common rabble

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Rascal or rascals may refer to:
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In sports:
  • River City Rascals, a minor league baseball team playing in O'Fallon, Missouri as a member of the independent Frontier League
In education:
  • Rascal, a mongrel dog who attended Cumberland School of Law in the 1930s and received a Doctorate of Canine Jurisprudence in 1940
In computer science:
  • Rascal (Calculator). The Royal Aircraft Establishment Sequence Controlled Calculator, an electronic machine with magnetic drum memory designed to operate on floating-point decimal numbers

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bad boy, bastard, blackguard, blighter, booger, bounder, buffoon, bugger, cad, cutup, dastard, devil, elf, enfant terrible, funmaker, good-for-nothing, heel, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, imp, joker, jokester, knave, little devil, little monkey, little rascal, lowlife, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, miscreant, pixie, practical joker, prankster, precious rascal, puck, rapscallion, rogue, rotter, rowdy, ruffian, scalawag, scamp, scapegrace, scoundrel, shyster, sneak, spalpeen, villain, wag, wastrel, wretch
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