Definitions for scalawagˈskæl əˌwæg
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a scamp; rascal.
a white Southerner who supported Republican policy during Reconstruction, often for personal gain.
Category: American History
Origin of scalawag:
1840–50, Amer.; orig. uncert.
a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
rogue, knave, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag, varlet(noun)
a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
imp, scamp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag(noun)
one who is playfully mischievous
Any white Southerner who supported the federal plan of Reconstruction after the Civil War or who joined with the black freedmen and the carpetbaggers in support of Republican Party policies.
Origin: Of origin, "scalawag" refers to a "rascal" and is probably from sgalog a labourer.
a scamp; a scapegrace