There are 2 main definitions of scamp in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

scamp1

Line breaks: scamp
Pronunciation: /skamp
 
/

noun

informal
1A person, especially a child, who is mischievous in a likeable or amusing way: some little scamp stuffed tissue paper in between the hammer and the bell
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.
Synonyms
rascal, monkey, devil, imp, rogue, wretch, mischief-maker, troublemaker, prankster
British informal perisher, pickle
Irish informal spalpeen
Northern English informal tyke, scally
North American informal varmint, hellion
dated rip
2West Indian A wicked or worthless person; a rogue: that man was a scamp, a damn thief
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.

Origin

mid 18th century (denoting a highwayman): from obsolete scamp 'rob on the highway', probably from Middle Dutch schampen 'slip away', from Old French eschamper. Early usage (still reflected in West Indian English) was derogatory.

Derivatives

scampish

1
adjective
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.

Definition of scamp in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

There are 2 main definitions of scamp in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

scamp2

Line breaks: scamp
Pronunciation: /skamp
 
/

verb

[with object] dated
Do (something) in a perfunctory or inadequate way: she had scamped her work
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.

Origin

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

Definition of scamp in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.