A person who deserves or is likely to be hanged; a rogue, a scoundrel. Also in weakened sense: a mischievous or rascally person. Compare "widdieneck", "hempy".
Deserving or likely to be hanged; roguish, villainous. Also in weakened sense: mischievous, rascally.
Early 16th century; earliest use found in William Dunbar (?1460–?1530), poet and courtier. From widdie + -ful.