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scoundrel

[ skoun-druhl ]
/ ˈskaʊn drəl /
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noun

an unprincipled, dishonorable person; villain.

adjective

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

RELATED WORDS

crook, rascal, reprobate, miscreant, cheat, dastard, maggot, thief, imp, villain, wretch, good-for-nothing, heel, caitiff, vagabond, scalawag, blackguard, creep, scamp, lowlife

Nearby words

scottsbluff, scottsboro, scottsdale, scotty, scotus, scoundrel, scoundrelly, scour, scourer, scourge, scouring pad

Origin of scoundrel

First recorded in 1580–90; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for scoundrel

scoundrel

/ (ˈskaʊndrəl) /

noun

a worthless or villainous person
Derived Formsscoundrelly, adjective

Word Origin for scoundrel

C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for scoundrel

scoundrel


n.

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.

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