What does rascal mean?

Definitions for rascal
ˈræs kəlras·cal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rogue, knave, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag, varlet(noun)

    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

  2. imp, scamp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag(noun)

    one who is playfully mischievous


  1. rascal(Noun)

    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. rascal(Noun)

    A member of a criminal gang in Papua New Guinea.

  3. rascal(Adjective)

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

  4. Origin: 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.

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. Rascal(adj)

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

  4. Origin: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. rascal

    A word or term used to describe a person who is being playful or acting in a playful manner.

    I have various friends in work and they all bring an element of human touch to our team, one of them is a rascal, one is balanced, another has the mind and voice of reason so we all bring something different to our team.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on November 25, 2016  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Rascal

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

Anagrams for rascal »

  1. lascar

  2. scalar

  3. sacral

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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. Tommy Boy:

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

  2. Author Unknown:

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

  3. Thomas Carlyle:

    Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world.

  4. Sallust:

    Those most moved to tears by every word of a preacher are generally weak and a rascal when the feelings evaporate.

  5. AiR:

    The mind is a Rascal! It stops us from being the Soul. We need to be Conscious of the Truth, and we must take Control.

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