[ skar-uh-mouch, -moosh ]
/ ˈskær əˌmaʊtʃ, -ˌmuʃ /
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a stock character in commedia dell'arte and farce who is a cowardly braggart, easily beaten and frightened.
(lowercase) a rascal or scamp.
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Origin of Scaramouch
First recorded in 1662; from French Scaramouche, from Italian Scaramuccia, proper noun use of scaramuccia “skirmish” (applied in jest); see origin at skirmish
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How to use Scaramouch in a sentence
Harlequin and Scaramouche start back, fall over their Chairs, and get up.The Life and Death of Doctor Faustus Made into a Farce|William Mountfort
The others made chorus, whilst Scaramouche smiled at him, and patted his shoulder.
Scaramouche's success in the first act was more than confirmed as the performance proceeded.
As Climene now rose to withdraw for the night, Scaramouche rose with her to light her candle.
As for the rest of the company, they were disposed to be very kindly towards Scaramouche.
British Dictionary definitions for Scaramouch
/ (ˈskærəˌmaʊtʃ, -ˌmuːtʃ) /
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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