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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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 are these poor barnyard parents to do with their rascal, scalawag, fluffy tricksters?
The term scalawag, now interpreted as an evil malevolent person, specifically used to mean a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction.
A handful of other historian have begun to reassess this subject; see, for example, Leonard Rogoff, "A Tale of Two Cities: Race, Riots, and Religion in New Bern and Wilmington, North Carolina, 1898," Southern Jewish History, 14 (2011): 37-75; Benjamin Ginsburg, Moses of South Carolina: A Jewish Scalawag during Radical Reconstruction (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).
already the last ghost song of the Choctaw & the Chickasaw was long gone, no more than a drunken curse among the oak & sweet gum leaves, a tally of broken treaties and absences echoing cries of birds over the barrier islands inherited by the remittance man, scalawag, & King Cotton, & already the sky was falling in on itself [.
Moses of South Carolina; a jewish scalawag during radical reconstruction.
What follows is a brief Q&A, a smattering of Dustin's musings and misgivings about his life and times as a small-town newspaper editor-owner--a mix of the scalawag in Studs Terkel, the gruffness of Red Smith and the gravitas of Editor
Nor do I think that he was more of a cheater or scalawag than anyone else.
In response to Paul Murphy, one critic of the Agrarians, Winchell writes: "He might do well to remember the experience of a scalawag professor who spoke in Edgefield County, South Carolina, a few years ago [the essay originally appeared in 2002].
The Gulliver theme continues in Wehrt euch (Resist, 2005), in which a young scalawag gets attacked by a tiny track-and-field team, the sky filled with blazing toy planes.