Scamp meaning

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A rogue; a rascal.
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A mischievous youngster.
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To perform or make in a careless or inadequate way.
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A mischievous fellow; rascal.
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To make, do, or perform in a careless, inadequate way.
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(Special Computer APL Machine Portable) IBM's first single-user computer. Built within a six-month period and introduced in 1973, SCAMP was the prototype of the 5100 series that was launched two years later. See 5100.
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A rascal, swindler, or rogue; a ne'er-do-well.
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A mischievous person, especially a playful, impish youngster.

My nephew is a little scamp who likes to leave lighted firecrackers under the lawnchairs of his dozing elders.

While walking home from the bar, he was set upon by a bunch of scamps who stole his hat.

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

  • Possibly of Scandinavian origin

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

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

    From Wiktionary