Definition of scally in English:


Line breaks: scally
Pronunciation: /ˈskali

noun (plural scallies)

  • (In the north-west of England, especially Liverpool) a roguish self-assured young person, typically a man, who is boisterous, disruptive, or irresponsible: at her Birkenhead school she was head girl, but also had a reputation for being a scally
    More example sentences
    • Outside Liverpool's Melwood training complex, a scally is bunking off school.
    • We've called him Scallywag because he is a scally and his tail never stops wagging.
    • One of his conquests, who I shall call Gretchen because she has already suffered enough because of her association with the scally, revealed all to me…


1980s: abbreviation of scallywag.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
a powerful whirlpool in the sea