scoundrel

[ skoun-druhl ]
/ ˈskaʊn drəl /

noun

an unprincipled, dishonorable person; villain.

adjective

mean or base in nature; villainous; unprincipled; dishonorable.

Origin of scoundrel

First recorded in 1580–90; origin uncertain
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scoundrel

/ (ˈskaʊndrəl) /

noun

a worthless or villainous person

Derived Forms

scoundrelly, adjective

Word Origin for scoundrel

C16: of unknown origin
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