1. (noun) A mischievous or unruly person, typically referring to someone who is playfully naughty or engages in minor wrongdoing. It’s often used affectionately to describe a rascal or a person with a roguish charm.


Despite his tendency to cause trouble, the little rapscallion’s infectious grin and clever wit made him a favorite among the neighbors.

Fun Fact

The word “rapscallion” is believed to have originated in the late 16th century as an alteration of the earlier term “rascallion,” which itself was a fanciful elaboration of “rascal.” Over time, it has maintained its connotation of mischievous behavior but has generally lost the more serious implications of villainy that it sometimes carried in earlier usage.