Definition of scamp noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//skæmp//
; NAmE NAmE//skæmp//
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a child who enjoys playing tricks and causing trouble synonym scallywag Word Originmid 18th cent. (denoting a highwayman): from obsolete scamp ‘rob on the highway’, probably from Middle Dutch schampen ‘slip away’, from Old French eschamper. Early usage (still reflected in West Indian English) was derogatory.
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