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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ras•cal /ˈræskəl/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a dishonest person.
  2. a mischievous person or animal.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ras•cal  (raskəl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a base, dishonest, or unscrupulous person.
  2. a mischievous person or animal:That child is a real rascal.
rascal•like′, adj. 
  • 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
  1. a disreputable person; villain
  2. a mischievous or impish rogue
  3. an affectionate or mildly reproving term for a child or old man: you little rascal, the wicked old rascal kissed her
  4. obsolete a person of lowly birth
  1. (prenominal) obsolete belonging to the mob or rabble
  2. dishonest; knavish
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French rascaille rabble, perhaps from Old Norman French rasque mud, filth

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