Definition of scally in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskali/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

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
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  • 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.

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