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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Definitions for scaramouch

  1. (lowercase) a rascal or scamp.
  2. a stock character in commedia dell'arte and farce who is a cowardly braggart, easily beaten and frightened.

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Citations for scaramouch
…it seemed that the scaramouch in question had gained a wonderful ascendency over almost everybody in the Jeroboam. Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851
That child—the scaramouch you picked out of the gutter at Valrosa—Toby—do you realize—have you grasped—the meaning of that yet? Ethel M. Dell, Charles Rex, 1922
Origin of scaramouch
Scaramouch entered English in the 1600s from the Italian scaramuccia literally meaning "skirmish." It is ultimately of Germanic orign.