Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural scallies)informal
(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.
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