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    scamp, knavish, waggish, rouge, arch

    May all of these words be used to mean playfully mischievous? Any difference?


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    Re: scamp, knavish, waggish, rouge, arch

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    May all of these words be used to mean playfully mischievous? Any difference?

    Knavish means more dishonest than mischievous. The only use of rouge that I know of (apart from its being French for red) is as a woman's cosmetic.


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    Re: scamp, knavish, waggish, rouge, arch

    Thanks Bhai.
    I meant rogue. What about the other words?

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    Re: scamp, knavish, waggish, rouge, arch

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Thanks Bhai.
    I meant rogue. What about the other words?
    The adjective is 'roguish'. 'Scamp' is a noun; I don't know of an adjective derived from it. 'Little' is often prepended to make it clear that the speaker isn't taking thre misbehaviour too seriously: 'You little rogue/scamp/rascal/villain/jackanapes/rapscallion...' (the last two are pretty archaic - which, in context, may make the accusation even less serious).

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