Definition of rapscallion in English:



archaic, humorous
  • A mischievous person.

    ‘they were the rapscallions behind this practical joke’
    • ‘These rapscallions were more likely to flee than fight if confronted by the crew.’
    • ‘The rest of the population seems to be a hodgepodge of rapscallions who all speak different languages.’
    • ‘I decided that I would give the rapscallion a severe lashing as recompense for his untimely calling.’
    • ‘You don't have to read this, you rapscallions, and you can always try writing rude words in the comments section if you want to.’
    • ‘Young rapscallions would throw them at people's feet.’
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer


Late 17th century alteration of earlier rascallion, perhaps from rascal.