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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably from scamp, to go about idly, probably from obsolete Dutch schampen, to decamp, from Middle Dutch ontscampen; see scamper.
Possibly of Scandinavian origin.



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  • "Every night ever since I can remember I've seen mother kneeling by her bed to say her prayers, no matter how cold it was, though she never would buy herself good woollens, and never scamping them to less than five minutes. And what has she got for it? What has she got for it?"

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 29, 2009