- 1A person, especially a child, who is mischievous in a likable or amusing way.More example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1A wicked or worthless person; a rogue.More example sentences
- 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.
- More example sentences
- 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.
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'.
verb[with object] • dated
- Do (something) in a perfunctory or inadequate way.More example sentences
- 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.