Scalawag definition

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(informal) A scamp; rascal.
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A white Southerner working for or supporting the federal government during Reconstruction.
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A Southern white who supported the Republicans during the Reconstruction.
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(pejorative, archaic) A rascal.
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(pejorative, archaic) A scrawny cow.
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(pejorative, US, archaic or historical) Any white Southerner who supported the federal plan of Reconstruction after the American Civil War or who joined with the black freedmen and the carpetbaggers in support of Republican Party policies.
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(informal) A reprobate; a rascal.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
scalawag
Plural:
scalawags

Origin of scalawag

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Of obscure origin, perhaps from the name of the Shetland village of Scalloway (from Old Norse Skálavágr), known for its dwarf ponies and dwarf cattle.

    From Wiktionary