AskDefine | Define scamp

Dictionary Definition

scamp n : one who is playfully mischievous [syn: imp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag] v : perform hastily and carelessly

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A rascal, swindler, or rogue; a ne'er-do-well.
    While walking home from the bar, he was set upon by a bunch of scamps who stole his hat.
  2. A mischievous person, especially a playful, impish youngster.
    My nephew is a little scamp who likes to leave lighted firecrackers under the lawnchairs of his dozing elders.


  1. To skimp; to do something in a skimpy or slipshod fashion.

Extensive Definition

Scamp may refer to:
SCAMP as an acronym may refer to:
  • SCAMP (Supercritical Air Mobility Pack), a breathing set in diving
  • SCAMP (Special Computer APL Machine Portable), a prototype name for the IBM 5100 microcomputer
  • SCAMP (Single-Chip A-series Mainframe Processor), a single-chip implementation of the Burroughs large systems computer architecture
  • SCAMP (Supersonic Cruise and Maneuvering Program), the initial name for the General Dynamics F-16XL prototype aircraft
  • SCAMP (Standardised Compatible Audio Modular Package), an audio processor range from audio & design recording (ADR)
  • Colt SCAMP (Small Caliber Machine Pistol)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bad boy, begrudge, bird, blackguard, blink, booger, buffoon, bugger, carefully ignore, chap, cold-shoulder, cut a corner, cut corners, cutup, devil, dodge, dog, duck, elf, enfant terrible, famish, fudge, funmaker, grudge, hood, hoodlum, hooligan, imp, joker, jokester, knave, limb, little devil, little monkey, little rascal, live upon nothing, minx, mischief, mischief-maker, pass over, pass over lightly, pinch, pinch pennies, pixie, practical joker, prankster, precious rascal, puck, rapscallion, rascal, ribald, rogue, rowdy, ruffian, scalawag, scant, scapegrace, scoundrel, screw, scrimp, shyster, skim, skim over, skim the surface, skimp, skip over, slight, slubber over, slur, slur over, slyboots, sneak, spalpeen, starve, stint, touch upon, touch upon lightly, villain, wag
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