What does rascal mean?

Definitions for rascal
ˈræs kəlras·cal

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word rascal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rogue, knave, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag, varletnoun

    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

  2. imp, scamp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywagnoun

    one who is playfully mischievous


  1. rascalnoun

    Someone who is naughty; either playfully mischievous or a troublemaker, a dishonest person, a scoundrel.

    If you have deer in the area, you may have to put a fence around your garden to keep the rascals out.

  2. rascalnoun

    A member of a criminal gang in Papua New Guinea.

  3. rascaladjective

    low(ly), part of or belonging to the common rabble

  4. Etymology: Recorded since c.1330, as rascaile, derived from 12th century rascaille (modern French racaille), perhaps from rasque, from *. The singular form is first attested in 1461; the present extended sense of "low, dishonest person" is from early 1586.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. RASCALnoun

    A mean fellow; a scoundrel; a sorry wretch.

    Etymology: rascal , Saxon, a lean beast.

    For the rascal commons, lest he cared. Edmund Spenser.

    And when him list the rascal routs appal,
    Men into stones therewith he could transmew. Fa. Queen.

    When Marcus Brutus grows so covetous
    To lock such rascal counters from his friends:
    Be ready, gods, with all your thunder-bolts,
    Dash him to pieces. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    The rascal people, thirsting after prey,
    Join with the traitor. William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. ii.

    But for our gentlemen,
    The mouse ne’er shun’d the cat, as they did budge
    From rascals worse than they. William Shakespeare.

    I am accurst to rob in that thief’s company; the rascal hath remov’d my horse. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    Scoundrels are insolent to their superiors; but it does not become a man of honour to contest with mean rascals. Roger L'Estrange.

    Did I not see you, rascal, did I not!
    When you lay snug to snap young Damon’s goat? Dryden.

    I have sense, to serve my turn, in store,
    And he’s a rascal who pretends to more. John Dryden, Persius.

    The poor girl provoked told him he lyed like a rascal. Jonathan Swift.


  1. rascal

    A rascal is a person, typically a mischievous or dishonest one, who behaves badly or misbehaves playfully and with an apparent disregard for rules or established norms. This term is often used in a somewhat affectionate or humorous way.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rascal

    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

  2. Rascal

    a mean, trickish fellow; a base, dishonest person; a rogue; a scoundrel; a trickster

  3. Rascaladjective

    of or pertaining to the common herd or common people; low; mean; base

  4. Etymology: [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. Rascal

    Rascal: A Memoir of a Better Era, often referred to as Rascal, is a 1963 children's book by Sterling North about his childhood in Wisconsin.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rascal

    ras′kal, n. a dishonest fellow: a knave, rogue, scamp.—adj. worthless: mean.—ns. Ras′caldom, the class of rascals; Ras′calism, Rascal′ity, mean trickery or dishonesty: fraud: villainy: the rabble.—adj. Ras′calliest (Shak., superl. of Rascally).—n. Rascall′ion, a rascal: one of the lowest people: a low, mean wretch.—adjs. Ras′cally, Ras′cal-like, mean: vile: base. [Fr. racaille, scum of the people, through Low L. forms from L. radĕre, rasum, to scrape.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Rascal

    From the French racaille, “the scum of the people.”

Anagrams for rascal »

  1. sacral

  2. scalar

  3. lascar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rascal in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rascal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of rascal in a Sentence

  1. Bassist Jay DeMarcus:

    There is no sadness here, just new chapters, new journeys, and new beginnings, rascal Flatts' music will live on forever, because of our fans, and this year is all about Rascal Flatts !

  2. Josh Billings:

    When a man makes up his mind to become a rascal, he should examine himself closely and see if he isn't better constructed for a fool.

  3. Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy:

    In response to Biden's energy policy: Senator John Kennedy then gave a folksy analogy to describe Biden’s energy policy: “Ainsley, I used to have a beagle named Roger. And Roger was a rascal. About every two weeks, Roger would run off. He’d always come back but about half the time he’d come back dragging roadkill that he would hide under my back porch. President Biden’s energy policy looks like and smells like something Roger used to keep under my back porch.”

  4. Tommy Boy:

    Tommy Richard, who's your favorite little rascal Alfalfa or is it Spanky

  5. Author Unknown:

    If a man defrauds you one time, he is a rascal; if he does it twice, you are a fool.

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