1. One that is playfully mischievous.
2. An unscrupulous, dishonest person; a scoundrel.
Made up of, belonging to, or relating to the lower classes: "Nor shall the Rascal Rabble here have Peace" (John Dryden).
[Middle English rascaile, rabble, commoners, from Old French rascaille, probably from rasque, mud, from Vulgar Latin *rāsicāre, to scrape; see RASH2.]
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