Definition of rascal in English:


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  • A mischievous or cheeky person, especially a child or man (typically used in an affectionate way)

    ‘a lovable rascal’
    • ‘you are such a rascal!’
    • ‘As a result, liars are passed off as scoundrels or rascals, or even lovable rogues.’
    • ‘Miles and Jack, on the other hand, are too easy to figure out, lovable cartoons, rascals who are losers by rote.’
    • ‘She says that by her own admissions, some of the applications are by rogues, and rascals and persons of dubious credibility.’
    • ‘I've been in monkey houses before, where the rascals show their bum and pee on you, but this one behaved itself.’
    • ‘It's a rather amazing, titillating idea that these rascals are elevated to such importance and prominence.’
    • ‘It purges the pleasure of sleep and contaminates the cornflakes, leaving a day-long impression that a world run by fools and rascals should be treated with suspicion.’
    • ‘Because of their boisterous natures and their genteel parentage these rascals are destined to wind up having many exciting adventures together!’
    • ‘Even if independence is off the agenda, Scots should be thinking of voting for the SNP for no other reason than to ‘throw the rascals out’.’
    • ‘He was often humiliated by the rascals in his town.’
    • ‘The neighborhood kids and rascals have been setting off fireworks for three or four weeks and everyone told me about how much worse it would get on the actual night.’
    • ‘But most exciting this week is our interview with Ant and Dec, those loveable Geordie rascals who've captured the hearts of the nation.’
    • ‘We were all rascals when we were growing up, I was no angel myself, but what I did have, and still do is respect for my elders and people in authority.’
    • ‘We're rascals, and scoundrels, and villains, and knaves.’
    • ‘Have those dreadful rascals done the dirty on you?’
    • ‘Most often I need these very rascals to produce movies for me.’
    • ‘His blue ribbon commission has rascals that have screwed over the average Bahamian and enriched themselves beyond belief.’
    • ‘That's not to say that our aging pair of (now slightly dowdy) French rascals are going to be pulling their punches at all.’
    • ‘So many patriots are really rascals - you know, last refuge of the scoundrel - nationality is a dangerous thing.’
    • ‘William Lambert and Lord Frederick Beauclerk were the original rascals.’
    • ‘Some may, indeed, be rascals when out on the town, but the extent of grooms' devotion to their horses often borders on the obsessive.’
    scallywag, scamp, devil, imp, monkey, mischievous person, mischief-maker, wretch
    scoundrel, rogue, ne'er-do-well, good-for-nothing, reprobate
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/ˈrask(ə)l/ /ˈræsk(ə)l/


Middle English (in the senses ‘a mob’ and ‘member of the rabble’): from Old French rascaille ‘rabble’, of uncertain origin.