from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rogue; a rascal.
- n. A mischievous youngster.
- transitive v. To perform in a careless superficial way.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A rascal, swindler, or rogue; a ne'er-do-well.
- n. A mischievous person, especially a playful, impish youngster.
- v. To skimp; to do something in a skimpy or slipshod fashion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rascal; a swindler; a rogue.
- transitive v. To perform in a hasty, neglectful, or imperfect manner; to do superficially.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To execute in superficial manner; perform in a careless, slip-shod, dishonest, or perfunctory manner: as, to scamp work.
- n. A fugitive or vagabond; a worthless fellow; a swindler; a mean villain; a rascal; a rogue.
- n. A serranoid fish, Trisotropis falcatus, of a brown color with irregular darker spots, and with the pectorals edged with blackish and orange.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. perform hastily and carelessly
- n. one who is playfully mischievous
Updates, 1/24: James Wolcott: Every year or so critics, audiences, and Academy voters decide to adopt a puppy, and this year the adorable scamp is Little Miss Sunshine, ludicrously nominated for Best Picture.
"Be careful whom you call a scamp!" said Fred, while Rexford again edged off.
My poor sister had long been disillusioned before death released her from the titled scamp she had married, and she very wisely placed the emeralds in my custody to be held in trust for her daughter.
The orchestra, loud in wishing to know "who's dat knocking at de door?" and Master Tom, deep in the bill, with Mr. Rat, who is there described as a "scamp" -- an unknown term to Tom, for he asked its meaning; observing that Uncle Brick said Captain de Camp was a scamp.
Newton, that pesky little scamp, is still showing that entropy creeps into every system but we’re trying out best to keep it at bay.
I mean, what Barbara Bush said about junior being a “little scamp” really hasn’t changed much except that the little scamp is really a “little skunk” instead.
A scamp is a person with a devil may care quality, a charming rogue who exudes positive, charged energy.
Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow, and that it is to her best interest to place all men upon the same footing before the law; mete out the same punishment to the white scamp that is inexorably meted out to the black scamp, for a scamp is a scamp any way you twist it; a social pest that should be put where he will be unable to harm any one.
I knew well that I was what the world calls a scamp, and I knew also that I had got little good out of the fact.
Upon the back of the scamp was a new blue flannel shirt, which he had stolen from the wagon, leaving his old one in exchange, and by the means of which we had traced him to his resting-place.