There are 2 main definitions of scamp in English:


Syllabification: scamp
Pronunciation: /skamp


1A person, especially a child, who is mischievous in a likable or amusing way.
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  • One of the main differences we'll find it in is the way the familiar angels and devils are caricatured in a innocent-looking style, but that's deceiving; they are scamps, mischievous and even violent characters.
  • While their classmates were courting concussion with head-banging, these young scamps would borrow equipment from electronic stores to ‘test them out’, use them to make music, then exchange them for different items.
  • While the uber-gathering is undoubtedly for a highly worthwhile cause, both Noel and Damon have raised their hands like cheeky classroom scamps and announced that they have a few ‘issues’ with the whole thing.
rascal, monkey, devil, imp, wretch, mischief-maker, troublemaker, prankster, rogue
archaic scapegrace
1.1A wicked or worthless person; a rogue.
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  • In that way, it's more noble than a lot of these kinds of movies: you can make an honest man out of a scamp without making him less of a man.


mid 18th century (denoting a highwayman): from obsolete scamp 'rob on the highway', probably from Middle Dutch schampen 'slip away', from Old French eschamper 'flee the battlefield', from champ 'field'.



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  • Her little scampish voice made me giggle even though I couldn't understand half of what she was saying.
  • He met Ingrid Bergman in Paris in 1945, inviting her out to dinner with a typically scampish note.

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There are 2 main definitions of scamp in English:


Syllabification: scamp
Pronunciation: /


[with object] dated
Do (something) in a perfunctory or inadequate way.
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  • This is the most interesting aspect of Harvey's story and it is unfortunately scamped.
  • Hence it has happened and will happen again, that work which has been undertaken at unremunerative rates has been ‘scamped’ to make it pay.


mid 19th century: perhaps the same word as scamp1, but associated in sense with the verb skimp.

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