What does scalawag mean?

Definitions for scalawagˈskæl əˌwæg

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scalawag, scallywag(noun)

    a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)

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

    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel

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

    one who is playfully mischievous


  1. scalawag(Noun)

    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.

  2. scalawag(Noun)

    A rascal.

  3. Origin: Of origin, "scalawag" refers to a "rascal" and is probably from sgalog a labourer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scalawag(noun)

    a scamp; a scapegrace


  1. Scalawag

    In United States history, scalawags were southern whites who supported Reconstruction and the Republican Party after the Civil War. Like similar terms such as "carpetbagger" the word has a long history of use as a slur against southerners considered by other conservative or pro-federation Southerners to betray southern values by supporting policies considered Northern such as desegregation and racial integration. The term is commonly used in historical studies as a neutral descriptor of Southern White Republicans, though some historians have discarded the term due to its history of pejorative connotations.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scalawag

    Scallawag, skal′a-wag, n. an undersized animal of little value: a scamp: a native Southern Republican, as opposed to a carpet-bagger, during the period of reconstruction after the American Civil War. [From Scalloway in the Shetland Islands, in allusion to its small cattle.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scalawag in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scalawag in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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