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Definition of "rascal" []

  • One that is playfully mischievous. (noun)
  • An unscrupulous, dishonest person; a scoundrel. (noun)
  • Archaic Made up of, belonging to, or relating to the common people: "Nor shall the Rascal Rabble here have Peace” ( John Dryden). (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rascal" in a sentence
  • "JUST as the Hopkinsons had finished breakfast the following morning, they were surprised by an early visit from Willis, who seemed to be in a state of unusual excitement; and instead of the congratulations they had expected, he burst out with something like an oath, adding, And the rascal is actually gone – went off while the dancing was going on; the police were waiting for him at the station, but I suppose he had good intelligence, for he got into a steamer, and has not been heard of since."
  • "The rascal is greedy as a Badaw and moreover he is a liar, which the"
  • "So he told him what had befallen him and added, If I know whither the rascal is gone and where to find the knave, I would pay him out."