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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ras•cal /ˈræskəl/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- a dishonest person.
- a mischievous person or animal.
(ras′kəl),USA pronunciation n.
- a base, dishonest, or unscrupulous person.
- a mischievous person or animal:That child is a real rascal.
- Old French rascaille rabble; perh. akin to rash2
- Middle English rascaile, raskaille 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rapscallion, scamp, villain, miscreant, scapegrace. See knave.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
rascal /ˈrɑːskəl/ n
- a disreputable person; villain
- a mischievous or impish rogue
- an affectionate or mildly reproving term for a child or old man: you little rascal, the wicked old rascal kissed her
- obsolete a person of lowly birth
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French rascaille rabble, perhaps from Old Norman French rasque mud, filth
- (prenominal) obsolete belonging to the mob or rabble
- dishonest; knavish
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