The definition of a rascal is a person who is playfully mischievous or badly behaved.
A child who is always up to no good is an example of a rascal.
- a scoundrel; rogue; scamp: now usually used jokingly or affectionately, as of a mischievous child
- Archaic one of the rabble
Origin of rascalMiddle English rascaile ; from Old French rascaille, scrapings, dregs, rabble ; from an unverified form rasquer, to scrape ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form rasicare ; from Classical Latin rasus: see raze
Rare low; dishonest; base
- One that is playfully mischievous.
- An unscrupulous, dishonest person; a scoundrel.
Made up of, belonging to, or relating to the lower classes: “Nor shall the Rascal Rabble here have Peace” (John Dryden).
Origin of rascalMiddle English rascaile, rabble, commoners, from Old French rascaille, probably from rasque, mud, from Vulgar Latin *rāsicāre, to scrape; see rash2.
- A surname.