Origin of scoundrel
Examples from the Web for scoundrel
As she nods off at night, Arya Stark mutters the names of every scoundrel she plans to kill someday.Game of Thrones’ Ep. 5 'First of His Name' Recap: An Ode to the Women of Westeros|Andrew Romano|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A c--t is different than your run-of-the-mill jerk (or scoundrel, or creep, or whatever).Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But all too often, as Samuel Johnson famously pointed out, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”Putin’s Patriotism is Phony, His Desperation is Real|Andrew Nagorski|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Given a choice between the scoundrel and the scold, who might the people go for?Bring on the Made-for-Reality-TV District Race Down South|Michelle Cottle|February 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He is not crassly referred to as a cheater, a scoundrel or a liar.Petraeus Affair Stereotypes: The General, The Flirt And The Harlot|Robin Givhan|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He must have been all in when that scoundrel dragged him back inside the burning building.The Auto Boys' Mystery|James A. Braden
With that the scoundrel whipped out a revolver and pointed it at me.A Bid for Fortune|Guy Boothby
Is the scoundrel so devoid of devices that he has to go back on an old exploded villany?Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.|Charles James Lever
William Scott had believed that the "artist" was a scoundrel the first time he laid eyes on him.
Does your ladyship still imagine that I could be such a scoundrel?A Double Knot|George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for scoundrel
Word Origin for scoundrel
Word Origin and History for scoundrel
1580s, skowndrell, of unknown origin. One suggestion is Anglo-French escoundre (Old French escondre) "to hide, hide oneself," from Vulgar Latin *excondere, from Latin condere "to hide" (see abscond). The main objection to this theory is that hundreds of years lie between the two words.