- 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
Examples from the Web for scaramouche
Historical Examples of scaramouche
Scaramouche turned to her, smiling, and handed her the candle.
In fact I have no name, unless it be Scaramouche, to which I have earned a title.
Scaramouche was clearly a great gentleman, an eccentric if you please, but a man born.
And a success it proved that more than justified all the heralding of which Scaramouche had been guilty.
Even M. Binet appeared to be waiting for a cue from Scaramouche.
- a stock character who appears as a boastful coward in commedia dell'arte and farce
Word Origin for Scaramouch
1660s, name of a cowardly braggart (supposed by some to represent a Spanish don) in traditional Italian comedy, from Italian Scaramuccia, literally "skirmish," from schermire "to fence," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German skirmen "defend"); see skirmish (n.). According to OED, a vogue word in late 17c. London due to the popularity of Italian actor Tiberio Fiurelli (1608-1694) in the part.