[ koi-struh l ]
/ ˈkɔɪ strəl /
a scoundrel; knave.
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Origin of coistrel
1570–80; Middle English custrell, apparently < Middle French coustillier, coustelier, one armed with a cou(s)telle dagger (feminine derivative of coutel knife < Latin cultellus; see -ier2), with -r- perhaps from quystroun knave, page, scullion < Anglo-French (Old French coistron < Vulgar Latin *coquistrō)
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