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1. A rogue; a rascal.
2. A mischievous youngster.
[Probably from scamp, to go about idly, probably from obsolete Dutch schampen, to decamp, from Middle Dutch ontscampen; see scamper.]
tr.v. scamped, scamp·ing, scamps
To perform or make in a careless or inadequate way.
[Possibly of Scandinavian origin.]
1. an idle mischievous person; rascal
2. a mischievous child
[C18: from scamp (vb) to be a highway robber, probably from Middle Dutch schampen to decamp, from Old French escamper, from es- ex-1 + -camper, from Latin campus field]
a less common word for skimp
1. an unscrupulous person; rascal.
2. a playful or mischievous young person.v.t.
3. to do in a hasty, careless manner: to scamp work.
[1775–85; obsolete scamp to travel about idly or for mischief, perhaps < Dutch (now obsolete) schampen to be gone < Old French escamper to decamp]
scamp- Once meant a highwayman; as a verb, it meant "rob on the highway."
See also related terms for highway.
Past participle: scamped
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|Noun||1.||scamp - 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"
|Verb||1.||scamp - perform hastily and carelessly|
music - musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); "his music was his central interest"