(redirected from The scallywags)
Also found in: Thesaurus.


 (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
References in periodicals archive ?
Youngsters at the Scallywags day nursery in Warrior Drive, Hartlepool, held a "wear it yellow for Jacob" day in honour of the twoyear-old, who died after choking on a grape in the town's Pizza Hut restaurant last month.
The pig-in-the-poke scam is still popular today, especially with the scallywags in the biotech industry.
The hunt is already on for the scallywags who make up Fagin's gang of pickpockets plus of course, one more angelic child to play Oliver.
COVENTRY'S Flyball dog team, the Scallywags, took part in a competition at the weekend to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the British Flyball Association.
Perversely,it was always the scallywags who won - certainl yin my circle of friends sending the lawmen scattering.