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rascal

A rascal is a scoundrel or a trickster. If your new puppy cheerfully chews on your shoes and chases the cat, you might want to consider naming her Rascal.

Rascals are mischievous, but their intentions are to have fun, rather than to be cruel. An armed robber is not a rascal, but the class clown is a rascal. The word's origins had a more negative connotation, though: the fourteenth century rascaile meant "low class people," from the Old French rascaille, "rabble or mob."

Definitions of rascal
  1. noun
    one who is playfully mischievous
    synonyms: imp, monkey, rapscallion, 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, rapscallion, 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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