"scamp" Definition

  1. a graceless fellow, a rascal; a wandering vagabond; scamping was formerly the cant term for plundering and thieving. A ROYAL-SCAMP was a highwayman, whilst a FOOT-SCAMP was an ordinary thief with nothing but his legs to trust to in case of an attempt at capture. Some have derived SCAMP from _qui ex campo exit_, one who leaves the field, a deserter.
  2. to give short measure or quantity; applied to dishonest contractors. Also to hurry through a task in a way which precludes the possibility of its being done well. Probably the same as SKIMP and SCRIMP.

More About scamp

Position in the dictionary: 2972 of 4022 slang words.
Next words in the dictionary: scandal-water, scaramouch, scarborough-warning, scarce, scarlet fever, scarlet-town, scarper, schism-shop, schofel, school
Previous words in the dictionary: scammered, scamander, scaly, scaldrum dodge, scabby-sheep, scabby neck, scab-raiser, scab, sawney, sawbones

The Slang Dictionary's Entry for scamp

Read The Slang Dictionary's historical definition of the slang word "scamp" on this page. Also learn other useful information about "scamp", including the position in the dictionary and the next and previous terms to be discovered.