- 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.
rascal definition by Webster's New World
- a scoundrel; rogue; scamp: now usually used jokingly or affectionately, as of a mischievous child
- Archaic one of the rabble
Origin: Middle 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
rascal definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- One that is playfully mischievous.
- An unscrupulous, dishonest person; a scoundrel.
Origin: Middle English rascaile, rabble, commoners, from Old French rascaille, probably from rasque, mud, from Vulgar Latin *rāsicāre, to scrape; see rash2.
- rasˈcal·ly adjective