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Scaramouch

or Scar·a·mouche

[ skar-uh-mouch, -moosh ]
/ ˈskær əˌmaʊtʃ, -ˌmuʃ /
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noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for Scaramouch

Scaramouch

Scaramouche

/ (ˈskærəˌmaʊtʃ, -ˌmuːtʃ) /

noun

a stock character who appears as a boastful coward in commedia dell'arte and farce
C17: via French from Italian Scaramuccia, from scaramuccia a skirmish
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