Scamp Definition

skămp
scamps
noun
scamps
A mischievous fellow; rascal.
Webster's New World
A mischievous youngster.
American Heritage
verb
scamps
To make, do, or perform in a careless, inadequate way.
Webster's New World

(dated) To skimp; to do something in a skimpy or slipshod fashion.

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Scamp

Noun

Singular:
scamp
Plural:
scamps

Origin of Scamp

  • Probably from scamp to go about idly probably from obsolete Dutch schampen to decamp from Middle Dutch ontscampen scamper

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

  • Old French escamper (“to run away, to make one's escape")

    From Wiktionary

  • Possibly of Scandinavian origin

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

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