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Meaning of RASCAL

Pronunciation:  'raskal

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  one who is playfully mischievous
  2. [n]  a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
 

RASCAL is a 6 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: imp, knave, monkey, rapscallion, rogue, scalawag, scallywag, scamp, varlet
 
 See Also: brat, child, fry, holy terror, kid, little terror, minor, nestling, nipper, scoundrel, shaver, small fry, terror, tiddler, tike, tyke, villain, youngster

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Ras"cal\, n. [OE. rascaille rabble, probably from an OF.
    racaille, F. racaille the rabble, rubbish, probably akin to
    F. racler to scrape, (assumed) LL. rasiculare, rasicare, fr.
    L. radere, rasum. See {Rase}, v.]
    1. One of the rabble; a low, common sort of person or
       creature; collectively, the rabble; the common herd; also,
       a lean, ill-conditioned beast, esp. a deer. [Obs.]
    
             He smote of the people seventy men, and fifty
             thousand of the rascal.               --Wyclif (1
                                                   Kings [1
                                                   Samuel] vi.
                                                   19).
    
             Poor men alone? No, no; the noblest deer hath them
             [horns] as huge as the rascal.        --Shak.
    
    2. A mean, trickish fellow; a base, dishonest person; a
       rogue; a scoundrel; a trickster.
    
             For I have sense to serve my turn in store, And he's
             a rascal who pretends to more.        --Dryden.
    
    
  2. \Ras`cal\, a.
    Of or pertaining to the common herd or common people; low;
    mean; base. ``The rascal many.'' --Spencer. ``The rascal
    people.'' --Shak.
    
          While she called me rascal fiddler.      --Shak.
    
    
 

 

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