scapegrace

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scapegrace a reckless and unprincipled reprobate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scapegrace A graceless, unprincipled person; one who is wild and reckless.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scapegrace A graceless fellow; a careless, idle, harebrained fellow.
    • n scapegrace The red-throated diver or loon, Colymbus septentrionalis. Also cape race.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Scapegrace a graceless hare-brained fellow
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A contr. of escape.

Usage

In literature:

Why, Scapegrace, I'm sure you're not sober.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Stephen Cullen Carpenter
It was that harum-scarum young scapegrace John.
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
I knew that even in my scapegrace days.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
The truth is I was a good deal of a scapegrace when I left England.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
A scapegrace's record could always be laid bare when occasion served.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
The handsome scapegrace had already secretly married Pepita.
"When Dreams Come True" by Ritter Brown
Still, there was that promising scapegrace Simon!
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
Get down, you young scapegrace, and let the old man rest his weary limbs.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
It may be that after this lapse of time, the Judge even tolerates the scapegrace.
"Shoulder-Straps" by Henry Morford
Demmed scapegrace, if I am not mistaken; sent to Algiers; must be the same.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
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