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 (skăl′ə-wăg′) also scal·ly·wag (skăl′ē-)
1. Informal A reprobate; a rascal.
2. A white Southerner working for or supporting the federal government during Reconstruction.

[Origin unknown.]


a variant of scallywag


(ˈskæl əˌwæg)

1. a scamp; rascal.
2. a white Southerner who supported Republican policy during Reconstruction, often for personal gain.
[1840–50, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scalawag - a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
bad person - a person who does harm to others
2.scalawag - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrelscalawag - a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
scoundrel, villain - a wicked or evil person; someone who does evil deliberately
3.scalawag - one who is playfully mischievousscalawag - one who is playfully mischievous  
child, kid, minor, nipper, tiddler, youngster, tike, shaver, small fry, nestling, fry, tyke - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
brat, holy terror, little terror, terror - a very troublesome child
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She never says a harsh word about another woman, and if she likes to card us poor scalawags of men down I reckon our tough old hides can stand it.
What nature reared by centuries of toil, A scalawag in half a day can spoil; An equal fate for him may Heaven provide - Damned in the moment of his tallest pride.
The old scalawag just closed his eyes and put on one of the softest "sugar-wouldn't-melt-in-my-mouth" expressions you ever saw and stood there taking it and asking for more.
Malayo noted that about 60 police scalawags were already nabbed by the PNP-CITF from over 11 months of operations.
The police scalawags were arrested in 24 counter-intelligence operations since the CITF was formed in January last year.
Thus, PLEB plays a crucial role in weeding out police scalawags and helping good cops remain good; DILG deemed it is necessary to enhance their capacity in order to address such present needs.
Which leaves Tinker Bell at the mercy of Skull Rock's scalawags in a Peter Pan prequel.
I so enjoyed Albert Southwick's latest column, "Yes, But they're our scalawags,'' (Nov.
A representative from the KKK sent a letter to board members arguing against the change and writing that the Klan was originally needed to protect "defenseless southerners" from "Yankee carpet baggers, scalawags, and many bestial blacks and other criminal elements out for revenge or just taking part in criminal mischief.
shook the hands of the long line of dictators, tyrants, scalawags and con artists who have masqueraded as democratically elected or popular heads of state.
With this emphasis on African-Americans, scholars have paid relatively little attention to the third component of the postbellum Republican coalition--the native whites or scalawags.
So went the era of American history that spawned the carpetbaggers, scalawags, robber barons, Ku Klux Klan, the Black Friday Stock Market Crash, the most corrupt presidential administration in U.