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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First Known Use of scoundrel

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scoundrel

origin unknown

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“Scoundrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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