rapscallion

A rapscallion is a mischievous jokester. Instead of getting angry when he realizes his shoelaces have been tied together, your grandfather might say, "Which of you rapscallions is responsible for this?"

Rapscallion is an old fashioned word for "scamp" or "scoundrel." It's most often used in a lighthearted way: "Some rapscallion seems to have replaced the cream in my Oreo with toothpaste — then again, it is April Fools Day!" Rapscallion, first used in the 1600s, was originally rascallion, a fancier version of rascal, which comes from the Old French rascaille, "rabble or mob."

Definitions of rapscallion
  1. noun
    one who is playfully mischievous
    synonyms: imp, monkey, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp
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    types:
    brat, holy terror, little terror, terror
    a very troublesome child
    type of:
    child, fry, kid, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
    a young person of either sex
  2. noun
    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    synonyms: knave, rascal, rogue, scalawag, scallywag, varlet
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    type of:
    scoundrel, villain
    a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
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