skellum

[ skel-uh m ]
/ ˈskɛl əm /

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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Example sentences from the Web for skellum

  • Old Coetzee saved me the trouble of answering, for he broke in with Skellum!

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British Dictionary definitions for skellum

skellum
/ (ˈskɛləm) /

noun

archaic, dialect, or Southern African a rogue

Word Origin for skellum

C17: via Dutch from Old High German skelmo devil
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