- a kitchen servant who does menial work.
- a low or contemptible person.
Origin of scullion
Related Words for scullionrascal, liar, poltroon, beggar, miscreant, dog, villain, pariah, vagabond, pauper, libertine, varlet, ingrate, brute, scoundrel, reprobate, rake, outcast, rogue, snake
Examples from the Web for scullion
Historical Examples of scullion
Let there be one of the house wi' a soul above a scullion or a groom.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
I gave the scullion a Louis, and went away to ripen my plans.
As I have said, his majesty had only this one cook, and Noel had only one scullion to help him.
Was there ever such a piece of folly as to exchange your pipes for a scullion's ladle?The Crimson Fairy Book
At this moment the cook strolled up and saw his scullion standing there.The Red Romance Book
- a mean or despicable person
- archaic a servant employed to do rough household work in a kitchen
Word Origin for scullion
Word Origin and History for scullion
"low-ranking domestic servant who performs menial kitchen tasks," late 15c., perhaps from Middle French escouillon "a swab, cloth," diminutive of escouve "broom, twig," from Latin scopa (plural scopæ) "broom," related to scapus "shaft, stem." Or an alteration of Old French souillon "scullion," by influence of scullery.