• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Scampish Of or like a scamp; knavish; as, scampish conduct.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scampish Pertaining to or like a scamp; knavish; rascally.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Scampish rascally
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. escamper, to flee—It. scampare, to escape—L. ex, out, campus, a battlefield.


In literature:

With a man like me, a woman had better be a little scampish, too!
"April Hopes" by William Dean Howells
I know it was scampish; but I never pretended to be good.
"The Pomp of the Lavilettes, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
There is something scampish and ruffianly in not being henpecked.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She sallies forth at night, and her friends are the scampish among the sons of the lower class of tenant-farmers.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
A slight shade fell over the reckless, scampish face; he was a moment vexed that we scorned him.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
What, you have not yet left off your scampish tricks?
"The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Her scampish father will endeavour to relieve her.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
Strange to say, his poverty and his scampishness and his lies almost recommended him to her.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Lovat, the eldest son, being the handsomest and by far the most scampish of the children, is of course his mother's idol.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
What despicable, even scampish, means of warfare are not resorted to!
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel