Visit the forum if you have a language query!
Recorded since c.1330, as rascaile "people of the lowest class, rabble of an army", derived from Old French rascaille "outcast, rabble" (12c.; modern French racaille), perhaps from rasque "mud, filth, scab, dregs," from Vulgar Latin *rasicare "to scrape". The singular form is first attested in 1461; the present extended sense of "low, dishonest person" is from early 1586.
- Someone who is naughty; either playfully mischievous or a troublemaker, a dishonest person, a scoundrel.
- If you have deer in the area, you may have to put a fence around your garden to keep the rascals out.
- (someone who is naughty): devil, imp, mischief-maker, scamp, scoundrel
- See also Wikisaurus:villain
- See also Wikisaurus:troublemaker
Elsewhere on the web