from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of scalawag.
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- n. A rascal.
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- n. a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
- n. one who is playfully mischievous
- n. a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
Of Irish origin, "scalawag" refers to a "rascal" and is probably from sgalog "a labourer". (Wiktionary)