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Scallywag Defined

Scallywag and Vagabond defined
(courtesy of Babylon dictionary; an online amalgamation of 1000 dictionary sources).


1. white southerner supporting reconstruction policies after the civil war usually for self-interest [syn: scalawag]

2. a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel [syn: rogue, knave, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, varlet]

3. one who is playfully mischievous [syn: imp, scamp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag]



vag”a*bond, n. one who wanders from place to place, having no fixed dwelling, or not abiding in it, and usually without the means of honest livelihood; a vagrant; a tramp; hence, a worthless person; a rascal. a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be. iv. 12.
note: in english and american law, vagabond is used in bad sense, denoting one who is without a home; a strolling, idle, worthless person. vagabonds are described in old english statutes as “such as wake on the night and sleep on the day, and haunt customable taverns and alehouses, and routs about; and no man wot from whence they came, nor whither they go.” in american law, the term vagrant is employed in the same sense. cf rogue, n.,
 vag”a*bond, v. i. to play the vagabond; to wander like a vagabond; to stroll. on every part my vagabonding sight did cast, and drown mine eyes in sweet delight.
 vag”a*bond (?), a. [f., fr. l. vagabundus, from vagari to stroll about, from vagus strolling. see vague.] 1. moving from place to place without a settled habitation; wandering. “vagabond exile.”
2. floating about without any certain direction; driven to and fro. to heaven their prayers flew up, nor missed the way, by envious winds blown vagabond or frustrate.
3. being a vagabond; strolling and idle or vicious.
1. wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community; “led a vagabond life”; “a rootless wanderer” [syn: rootless]

2. continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another; “a drifting double-dealer”; “the floating population”; “vagrant hippies of the sixties” [syn: aimless, drifting, floating, vagrant]

n 1: anything that resembles a vagabond in having no fixed place; “pirate ships were vagabonds of the sea” 2: a person who has no fixed home v : move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment; “the gypsies roamed the woods”; “roving vagabonds”; “the wandering jew”; “the cattle roam across the prairie”; “the laborers drift from one town to the next” [syn: wander, swan, stray, tramp, roam, cast, ramble, rove, range, drift]