rapscallion (n.) 1690s, alteration of rascallion (1640s), a fanciful elaboration of RASCAL (Cf. rascal) (q.v.). It is the parallel term of now-extinct rampallion (1590s), from Middle English ramp (n.) "ill-behaved woman" (mid-15c.), which is probably connected to the definition of romp in Johnson's Dictionary (1755) as "a rude, awkward, boisterous, untaught girl."

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  • rapscallion — ► NOUN archaic or humorous ▪ a mischievous person. ORIGIN alteration of earlier rascallion, perhaps from RASCAL(Cf. ↑rascally) …   English terms dictionary

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  • rapscallion — noun Etymology: alteration of earlier rascallion, irregular from rascal Date: 1699 rascal, ne er do well …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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