from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or like a scamp; knavish; rascally.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or like a scamp; knavish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective resembling a scamp; knavish


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  • Ameche and Tierney are a handsome, appealing pair from their first meeting in a bookshop, while Charles Coburn (as scampish Grandpa Hugo) and Allyn Joslyn (as Henry's strait-laced cousin Albert) round out a fabulous supporting cast.

    John Farr: Laughing in Style: That Special 'Lubitsch Touch'

  • For while every discount A. J. Liebling who parachutes into the state likes to establish that Louisiana is ruled by scampish Cajun kings, tin-pot Napoleons, and back-slapping, nut-cutting populists of the Long stripe, it is a stereotype that historically has been, well, sort of true.


  • Apologies to all those who expect something less puerile from Vicious Imagery, I'm in a scampish mood today...

    Innuendo [and out the other]

  • In terrific clips, we see the scampish gleam of mischief that shot out of Atwater's steely eyes, giving him the look of a honky-tonk Daniel Craig.

    Brad Listi: Politics as Bloodsport: A Conversation with Stefan Forbes, Director of Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

  • There is Uncle Skoal, blond, handsome and scampish, who sported a wooden leg from a chain-saw accident.

    Coming of Age at Lakeside

  • Seriously, if Mindy McCready made a film about a scampish Volkswagen and Lindsay Lohan was beaten up and choked by her ex-boyfriend you'd think the pair of them were twins.

    Mindy McCready Has A Full Throttle Nervous Breakdown

  • Perhaps Iain, with his post, is being his usual naughty scampish self and, in the nicest possible way, trying to make things just a little more difficult for the Lib Dems by suggesting political momentum for Clegg?

    The Only LibDem With a Smile on His Face This Morning

  • The humorous characters, which are also taken from the play, — a buxom widow who with her eyes open chooses the most scampish of two selfish suitors because he is the better looking, — are well done.

    An Autobiography

  • Church — I thought that this scurvy scampish knave might show them the way to the place he mentioned, unless his courage failed him.

    Lorna Doone

  • Originally a prisoner, and one of the greatest scamps even among that most scampish body, he for a very long period endeavoured to acquire the enviable notoriety of a flash man; that is, in the terms of the immortal Shakspeare,

    Ralph Rashleigh


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