scoundrel

play
noun scoun·drel \ ˈskau̇n-drəl \

Definition of scoundrel

:a disreputable person :rascal

scoundrel

adjective

scoundrelly

play \ˈskau̇n-drə-lē\ adjective

Examples of scoundrel in a Sentence

  1. some scoundrel stole my wallet

Recent Examples of scoundrel from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'scoundrel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of scoundrel

origin unknown


SCOUNDREL Defined for English Language Learners

scoundrel

play
noun

Definition of scoundrel for English Language Learners

  • : a person (especially a man) who is cruel or dishonest


SCOUNDREL Defined for Kids

scoundrel

play
noun scoun·drel \ ˈskau̇n-drəl \

Definition of scoundrel for Students

:a mean or wicked person


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up scoundrel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to curse or denounce

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!