Meaning of “scalawag” in the English Dictionary

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"scalawag" in British English

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scalawagnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈskæl.ə.wæɡ/ us /ˈskæl.ə.wæɡ/ US UK scallywag

someone, especially a child, who has behaved badly but who is still liked

(Definition of “scalawag” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scalawagnoun [ C ]

us /ˈskæl·əˌwæɡ/

someone who causes trouble in a playful way, or a charming person who is slightly dishonest:

That’s the last time that scalawag is going to steal from me.

(Definition of “scalawag” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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