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1. One that is playfully mischievous.
2. An unscrupulous, dishonest person; a scoundrel.
adj. Archaic
Made up of, belonging to, or relating to the lower classes: "Nor shall the Rascal Rabble here have Peace" (John Dryden).

[Middle English rascaile, rabble, commoners, from Old French rascaille, probably from rasque, mud, from Vulgar Latin *rāsicāre, to scrape; see rash2.]

ras′cal·ly adj.
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1. dishonest or mean; base
2. archaic (esp of places) wretchedly unpleasant; miserable
in a dishonest or mean fashion
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(ˈræs kə li)

1. of or befitting a rascal.
2. in a manner typical of a rascal.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.rascally - playful in an appealingly bold way; "a roguish grin"
playful - full of fun and high spirits; "playful children just let loose from school"
2.rascally - lacking principles or scruplesrascally - lacking principles or scruples; "the rascally rabble"; "the tyranny of a scoundrelly aristocracy" - W.M. Thackaray; "the captain was set adrift by his roguish crew"
dishonest, dishonorable - deceptive or fraudulent; disposed to cheat or defraud or deceive
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af prakkaraskap


[ˈrɑːskəlɪ] ADJgranuja, bribón
a rascally trickuna triquiñuela, una artimaña
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adj (old, liter) trickschändlich, schimpflich (old, liter); personschurkisch; a rascally fellowein Schurke m
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[ˈrɑːskəlɪ] adjbriccone/a
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(ˈraːskəl) noun
a cheeky or naughty person, especially a child. a cheeky little rascal.
ˈrascally adjective
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References in classic literature ?
"I confess," said the Accuser, "that in comparison with the rascally way in which you have conducted yourself on the Bench, the rascally way in which you got there does seem rather a trifle."
I have given them a thrashing they will remember; a set of cowardly, rascally `orange' blackguards."
In former days my rascally colleagues used to tell me that I was unfit even to be seen; in fact, they so disliked me that at length I began to dislike myself, for, being frequently told that I was stupid, I began to believe that I really was so.
Fellows who have rascally faces have only one course to take, and that is to remain honest; otherwise they would be arrested off-hand.
"Then," said Jones, "you have used me rascally, and I will not pay you a farthing."--"Very well," cries the doctor; "the first loss is the best.
"You lie like a rascally clown," returned Don Quixote; and lifting his pike, which he had never let out of his hand, he delivered such a blow at his head that, had not the officer dodged it, it would have stretched him at full length.
But such illusions were usually dissipated, on coming out of church, by hearing his voice in jocund colloquy with some of the Melthams or Greens, or, perhaps, the Murrays themselves; probably laughing at his own sermon, and hoping that he had given the rascally people something to think about; perchance, exulting in the thought that old Betty Holmes would now lay aside the sinful indulgence of her pipe, which had been her daily solace for upwards of thirty years: that George Higgins would be frightened out of his Sabbath evening walks, and Thomas Jackson would be sorely troubled in his conscience, and shaken in his sure and certain hope of a joyful resurrection at the last day.
Pickwick, turning round on the landing, 'permit me to say, that of all the disgraceful and rascally proceedings--'
"I'll tell you what it is, worship," said Robin, "we three rascally servants will compound our back wages for those plates.
"We are in trouble," said he, "these are some of the rascally Arapahays that robbed me last year." Not a word was uttered by the rest of the party, but they silently slung their powder horns and ball pouches, and prepared for battle.
At last it popped into her head, 'The dog is not shut up--he may be running away with the steak; that's well thought of.' So up she ran from the cellar; and sure enough the rascally cur had got the steak in his mouth, and was making off with it.
"Heh!" ejaculated Mombi, giving a sort of grunt; "that rascally boy has been playing tricks again!