1. an unscrupulous and often mischievous person; rascal; rogue; scalawag.
  2. a playful, mischievous, or naughty young person; upstart.
  3. a grouper, Mycteroperca phenax, of Florida: so called from its habit of stealing bait.

verb (used with object)

  1. to do or perform in a hasty or careless manner: to scamp work.


  1. an idle mischievous person; rascal
  2. a mischievous child


  1. a less common word for skimp

n.1782, “highway robber,” probably from dialectal verb scamp “to roam” (1753, perhaps from 16c.), shortened from scamper. Used affectionately in sense “rascal” since 1808. v.“do in a hasty manner,” 1837, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skemma “to shorten, make shorter,” from skammr “short; brief; lately”), or a blend of scant and skimp [Klein], or a back-formation from scamper. Related: Scamped; scamping.

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