scamp

scamp
1. noun
a) A rascal, swindler, or rogue;<!Websters 1913 a neer-do-well.

While walking home from the bar, he was set upon by a bunch of scamps who stole his hat.

b) 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.

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

His work was always first-rate. There was no scamping about it. Everything that he did was thoroughly good and honest.


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