1590s, anglicized spelling of French pronunciation of debauched "dissolute" (see debauch). Obsolete in England after mid-17c., retained in Scotland, and given a revival of sorts by Scott (1826), so that it turns up in 19c. literary works.

Nearby words

  1. debitage,
  2. debitor,
  3. debonair,
  4. debone,
  5. deborah,
  6. deboss,
  7. debouch,
  8. debouchment,
  9. debra,
  10. debrancher deficiency limit dextrinosis

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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