Definition of scally in English:

scally

nounscallies

informalBritish
  • (in the north-west of England, especially Liverpool) a roguish self-assured young person, typically a man, who is boisterous, disruptive, or irresponsible.

    ‘at her Birkenhead school she was head girl, but also had a reputation for being a scally’
    • ‘Outside Liverpool's Melwood training complex, a scally is bunking off school.’
    • ‘We've called him Scallywag because he is a scally and his tail never stops wagging.’
    • ‘One of his conquests, who I shall call Gretchen because she has already suffered enough because of her association with the scally, revealed all to me…’
    • ‘He is visited by Pat, the black-market scally with retribution on his mind for the loss of the trawling father he never met.’
    • ‘The sharp wit is important, but it needs to be complemented by something, or you're just a street-wise scally.’
    • ‘We went out and found these scallies with a crowbar.’
    • ‘The scallies were gonnae smash the pub up if they didn't play.’
    • ‘During the 1990s, Liverpool's biggest contribution to mainstream rock culture involved dispatching platoons of terrifying feral scallies to mug people at Glastonbury.’
    • ‘With their tracksuit tops, lank hair and implausibly fresh faces, they look more like teenage scallies than harbingers of a musical revolution, but their enthusiasm is infectious.’
    • ‘You get scallies down the front going mental, old fellas.’
    • ‘In a dusty Mexican border town called Manchester, an aged gunslinger downs his last whiskey in the Cornerhouse Saloon before a vicious high-noon shoot out with the local scallies, nay… banditos…’
    • ‘Students, scallies, scenesters, Madchester survivors, teenagers and 40-somethings, this band strike a chord in many a Mancunian heart in much the way the Roses did in their day.’
    • ‘GLC must be the most harmonised pseudo scallies known to mankind; with nine of them on stage, each with synchronised movements and most definitely co-ordinated outfits.’
    • ‘By this point everyone's shouting along: hipsters, Ordsall scallies, students, indie kids, it's like Madchester all over again.’
    • ‘At the end of the day it was just four scallies trying to make an album and it's had a profound effect on a lot of people, and that's what you do it for, innit?’
    • ‘Dodging the scallies on Chapel Street, I eventually found the said venue tucked away on Bloom Street.’
    • ‘The boys are right scallies, sticking two fingers up to authority and getting into every scam going.’
    • ‘We got to one of the entrance gates and followed the fence round until we met the first group of dodgy scallies.’
    • ‘This place is full of scallies and is extremely expensive.’
    • ‘To be honest it is heaving with 16 year old scallies out on the pull.’
    criminal, lawbreaker, outlaw, offender, felon, convict, jailbird, malefactor, wrongdoer, black hat, supervillain

Origin

1980s abbreviation of scallywag.

Pronunciation

scally

/ˈskali/