1. one who is playfully mischievous
  2. a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
  3. a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
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How To Use scalawag In A Sentence

  • The scalawag was the native white man who made up the middle class of the South; the planter above, the Negro below. History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2) Negroes as Slaves, as Soldiers, and as Citizens
  • But certain it is that the enemy - authorities and 'scalawag' - friends, who now cruelly oppress the whites and elevate the negro over us - are hated as the ravaging armies never were, and a true union seems farther off than ever. Old times in Dixie land : a southern matron's memories,
  • You discover the words, “whippersnapper,” “scalawag” and “by-cracky” creeping into your vocabulary. You Know You’re Over The Hill When… « You Got to be Kidding's Blog
  • States of America after the war and during the period of reconstruction, he would have been designated, in the picturesque slang of the period, as a "scalawag"; for he not only deserted Napoleon in his final defeat and deepest woe, but joined his enemies, took office from the victors, perverted his public trust to private gain, and ended his career dishonored in the estimation of all true men. Reminiscences of the Civil War
  • During that era, the term "scalawag" was used to refer to white Southerners who supported the federal government's actions in the region. Local News from Spartanburg Herald Journal
  • Enna shot a fierce glance at him, muttering "scalawag," half under her breath, while his old father said testily, "Horace, you speak too strongly. Elsie's Motherhood
  • Nowadays, as he had learned, on the third Sunday of certain months the so-called Bainbridge Society, a loose collection of scalawags who formed a social circle headed by the Earl of Bainbridge—ranging from the lowest of the low amongst the aristocracy, to certain wealthy Cits, to shadier figures whose identities were never revealed—purchased doxies here. Shameless
  • A "scalawag" was any Southern white who allied himself politically with the negroes, and a "carpet-bagger" was a Northern adventurer, for whose worldly goods a gripsack sufficed, -- or, in general, any Northerner whatever. The Negro and the Nation A History of American Slavery and Enfranchisement
  • He's even threatened to take the considerable moolah he was going to sink into the team's purchase and by cracky, sue those vile scalawags who besmirched his integri-fucking-ty! Archive 2009-11-01
  • dyslogistic terms like `nitwit' and `scalawag'
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