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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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 Han Solo, future hero but current smuggler and general scoundrel, meets his future co-pilot and friend -- the wookie Chewbacca -- and encounters the notorious gambler and also future hero Lando Calrissian. Jevon Phillips,, "Following 'Star Wars': From 'Phantom Menace' to 'The Last Jedi'," 16 May 2018 The book focused on the brighter and lesser lights of San Francisco, its heroes and its scoundrels. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Memorial set for Bruce Bellingham, newspaper columnist, master of the one-liner," 13 June 2018 However, a few of the worst scoundrels, including Mr. Warner, managed to elude the U.S. dragnet despite the evidence amassed against him. David Hirshey, WSJ, "World Cup Books Reviewed: The World Without America," 7 June 2018 Why not the maverick wisecracking scoundrel who flew the fastest ship in the galaxy? T.j. Furman,, "Han Solo or Luke Skywalker? This 'Star Wars' fan made his choice a long time ago," 21 May 2018 But there is a small subset of the electorate that sees Trump as a scoundrel, but doesn’t mind, so long as the economy is growing, and Congress appears to be doing things. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Here’s Why Trump’s Approval Rating Has Gone Up," 16 May 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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The first known use of scoundrel was in 1589

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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 speak slightingly about or to degrade

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