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skellum

[skel-uh m]
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noun Chiefly Scot.
  1. 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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  • Old Coetzee saved me the trouble of answering, for he broke in with Skellum!

    Prester John

    John Buchan


British Dictionary definitions for skellum

skellum

noun
  1. archaic, dialect, or Southern African a rogue
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Word Origin

C17: via Dutch from Old High German skelmo devil
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