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scal·a·wag(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.
a variant of scallywag
1. a scamp; rascal.
2. a white Southerner who supported Republican policy during Reconstruction, often for personal gain.
[1840–50, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
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|Noun||1.||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 scoundrel|
|3.||scalawag - 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"