or Scar·a·mouche

[skar-uh-mouch, -moosh]


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scaramouch

Historical Examples of scaramouch

  • 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.


    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




a stock character who appears as a boastful coward in commedia dell'arte and farce

Word Origin for Scaramouch

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