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 scoundrel (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scoundrel in a Sentence

some scoundrel stole my wallet
Recent Examples on the Web Even those who revere Ernest Hemingway’s debut novel should admit that the author was something of a scoundrel to write it. Benjamin Shull, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2021 For a wealthy and well-connected scoundrel like McKenzie, meanwhile, Nome also presented a unique opportunity. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Feb. 2021 But when the family’s scoundrel of a patriarch sets his sights on her, the fringe benefits of staying in a lavish home and eating fancy leftovers lose their luster. Jordan Crucchiola, Vulture, 17 Jan. 2021 That lovable scoundrel Lando Calrissian will be getting his own limited series, simply titled Lando. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2020 For snarling villainy, Covino is matched only by Thomas Francis Murphy as Merritt Farley, a wealthy scoundrel who owns and dominates a lucrative stretch of Texas buffalo country. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2020 Jack is variously described and self-described as a ne’er-do-well, a reprobate, a black sheep and a scoundrel. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 25 Sep. 2020 Or opt to work with both sides as a scoundrel — those who are there to make a quick buck. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, 8 Sep. 2020 Should Barry Bonds, a cheater and scoundrel, be admitted to the Hall of Fame? Joe Queenan, WSJ, 2 Apr. 2020

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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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“Scoundrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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