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Scaramouch

or Scar·a·mouche

[skar-uh-mouch, -moosh]
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noun
  1. a stock character in commedia dell'arte and farce who is a cowardly braggart, easily beaten and frightened.
  2. (lowercase) a rascal or scamp.
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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

Historical Examples

  • His dress was something between that of Harlequin and Scaramouch.

    The Infernal Marriage

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • 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

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for scaramouch

Scaramouch

Scaramouche

noun
  1. a stock character who appears as a boastful coward in commedia dell'arte and farce
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Word Origin

C17: via French from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia a skirmish
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