scoun·​drel | \ ˈskau̇n-drəl How to pronounce scoundrel (audio) \

Definition of scoundrel

: a disreputable person : rascal

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Other Words from scoundrel

scoundrel adjective
scoundrelly \ ˈskau̇n-​drə-​lē How to pronounce scoundrelly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scoundrel in a Sentence

some scoundrel stole my wallet

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With the recent opening of Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests by the thousands have descended to mingle with the rogues and scoundrels laying low in this remote planetary outpost. azcentral, "Smugglers run: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge visitors are snatching, reselling items on Ebay," 26 June 2019 Jimmi Simpson plays James, a would-be scoundrel who stumbles upon the perfect plot after meeting a young man named Paul at a bar: get addicted to methadone so that he can be taken in by Paul’s estranged parents, the Browns. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Perpetual Grace LTD is worth subscribing to yet another streaming service for," 21 June 2019 The village is also a notorious hotspot for smugglers, scoundrels, and adventurers looking to avoid the First Order. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How Disney Built a Star Wars Planet," 3 June 2019 The greatest scoundrels are the holy men, who take their vows to hide some misdeed. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: They Fall to Earth, We Know Not Where," 18 Jan. 2019 Don Giovanni is the worst of womanizing scoundrels who ends up paying for his actions. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A womanizing scoundrel and a love potion are characters in Indianapolis Opera's new season," 6 June 2019 Others were kooks, and some were dangerous scoundrels—or some combination thereof. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Hobo Hieroglyphs: Their Secret Symbols, Explained," 21 Nov. 2018 The scene cuts off right as the two space scoundrels decide to bet their ships. Lindsey Bahr,, "Disney shows how Han Solo and Lando meet at CinemaCon," 24 Apr. 2018 Known around the streets of Agrabah as a scoundrel and a thief, the poor but warm-hearted Aladdin impersonates a prince in order to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Jasmine. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of scoundrel

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scoundrel

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of scoundrel

old-fashioned : a person (especially a man) who is cruel or dishonest


scoun·​drel | \ ˈskau̇n-drəl How to pronounce scoundrel (audio) \

Kids Definition of scoundrel

: a mean or wicked person

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to complain fretfully

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