- 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
- One that is playfully mischievous.
- An unscrupulous, dishonest person; a scoundrel.
Origin of rascalMiddle English rascaile, rabble, commoners, from Old French rascaille, probably from rasque, mud, from Vulgar Latin *rāsicāre, to scrape; see rash2.
(comparative more rascal, superlative most rascal)
- (archaic) low(ly), part of or belonging to the common rabble
Recorded since c.1330, as Middle English rascaile (“people of the lowest class, rabble of an army”), derived from 12th century Old French rascaille (“outcast, rabble”) (modern French racaille), perhaps from rasque (“mud, filth, scab, dregs”), from Vulgar Latin *rasicare (“to scrape”). The singular form is first attested in 1461; the present extended sense of "low, dishonest person" is from early 1586.