coistrel

noun
cois·​trel | \ˈkȯi-strəl \

Definition of coistrel 

archaic

: a mean fellow : varlet

First Known Use of coistrel

1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coistrel

Middle French coustillier soldier carrying a short sword, from coustille short sword, ultimately from Latin cultellus knife — more at cutlass

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