Ras·cal, a. Of or pertaining to the common herd or common people; low; mean; base. “The rascal many.” --Spencer. “The rascal people.” --Shak.
While she called me rascal fiddler. --Shak.
1. One of the rabble; a low, common sort of person or creature; collectively, the rabble; the common herd; also, a lean, ill-conditioned beast, esp. a deer. [Obs.]
He smote of the people seventy men, and fifty thousand of the rascal. --Wyclif (1 Kings [1 Samuel] vi. 19).
Poor men alone? No, no; the noblest deer hath them [horns] as huge as the rascal. --Shak.
2. A mean, trickish fellow; a base, dishonest person; a rogue; a scoundrel; a trickster.
For I have sense to serve my turn in store,
And he's a rascal who pretends to more. --Dryden.
n 1: a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel [syn: rogue, knave,
rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag, varlet]
2: one who is playfully mischievous [syn: imp, scamp, monkey,
rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag]