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skellum

[ skel-uhm ]
/ ˈskɛl əm /
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noun Chiefly Scot.

a rascal.

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Origin of skellum

1605–15; <Dutch schelm rogue, knave <Middle Low German; cognate with German Schelm rogue, Old High German skelmo, scalmo plague, corpse
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British Dictionary definitions for skellum

skellum
/ (ˈskɛləm) /

noun

archaic, dialect, or Southern African a rogue
C17: via Dutch from Old High German skelmo devil
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