• IPA: /skæmp/, /skamp/

scamp (plural scamps)

  1. A rascal, swindler, or rogue; a ne'er-do-well.
    Synonyms: swindler, rogue, Thesaurus:troublemaker
  2. 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.
    While walking home from the bar, he was set upon by a bunch of scamps who stole his hat.
Translations Translations Verb

scamp (scamps, present participle scamping; past and past participle scamped)

  1. (dated) To skimp; to do something in a skimpy or slipshod fashion.
    • 1884, Samuel Smiles, Men of Invention and Industry
      His work was always first-rate. There was no scamping about it. Everything that he did was thoroughly good and honest.
Translations Noun

scamp (plural scamps)

  1. (advertising) A preliminary design sketch.
    • 2007, Adrian Mackay, Practice of Advertising (page 124)
      It did not matter that the scamp (simple illustrative line-drawing) it contained could have been done in the pub the night before.
    • 2009, FCS: Advertising & Promotions L4 (page 25)
      From the scamps, the creative idea can be developed more fully into a proposal for an actual ad. This needs to be clear enough to present to the client.

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