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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
Dela Rosa said he will meet head on the perceived lack of discipline in the organization by having scalawag policemen arrested and fired from the service.
What are these poor barnyard parents to do with their rascal, scalawag, fluffy tricksters?
Moses of South Carolina; a jewish scalawag during radical reconstruction.
As to scalawag identity, Rubin moves beyond the dominant revisionist argument, showing the variations that can exist in local Reconstruction.
Let that occasional scalawag that crops up among us every now and again be cause for rededication of purpose and strengthening focus on goals.
There were many more of them, so for each scalawag there was a publisher who was truly committed to public service.
But wait, there's more: These terrible new scalawag doodles "appeal to an international market"; the Americans and Japanese may be involved in this one.
But in peacetime, as that clever scalawag Nixon used to observe, you don't really need a President.
The novel satirizes primarily the rule of political upstarts, of whom the scalawag Teague is chief.