- a stock character in commedia dell'arte and farce who is a cowardly braggart, easily beaten and frightened.
- (lowercase) a rascal or scamp.
Origin of Scaramouch
1655–65; < French Scaramouche < Italian Scaramuccia, proper use of scaramuccia skirmish (applied in jest); of Germanic orig.
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Examples from the Web for scaramouch
His dress was something between that of Harlequin and Scaramouch.The Infernal Marriage
Scaramouch persisted for some time, and was, like the harlequin and columbine, a pantomimist.The Heritage of Dress
Wilfred Mark Webb
He wrote for 'Scaramouch' some little time, but they can stand it no more.Endymion
And that scaramouch of a schooner that the Frenchman gave us, in his charity?Afloat And Ashore
James Fenimore Cooper
It is all painted red and white like Scaramouch's in the pantomime.The Virginians
William Makepeace Thackeray
- a stock character who appears as a boastful coward in commedia dell'arte and farce
C17: via French from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia a skirmish
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