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

Definition of scoundrel

: a disreputable person : rascal

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 The eyes are kind of strikingly similar to William, but William was a scoundrel. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 To the public, Bill Loud was a roguish scoundrel and Pat his charming, intelligent, forceful wife., 18 May 2022 How to decide who’s best to lead the congregation? Leave aside the worst-case scenarios — a scoundrel in the mold of the fictional Elmer Gantry or the real-life Jim Bakker — the pulpit is filled with perils for even the best-intentioned. Dan Cryer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 This old-fashioned parable of sobriety, in which the untreated drunk is a scoundrel and not a wellness entrepreneur, showed up in an unexpected place this year: a sitcom on Hulu called Single Drunk Female. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 19 Apr. 2022 After several face-offs, including one snowboarding sequence, Knuckles figures out Robotnik’s a no-good scoundrel and finds a new, caring friend in Sonic. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2022 Among them: an alien romance, a would-be scoundrel who has items to steal, a droid with sensitive info, an attempt to rescue Chewbacca, and a daylong quest to swipe a TIE fighter, which includes scenes featuring famed droids R2-D2 and C-3P0. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 At that time, proving that Hayward was, in fact, a liar, a scoundrel, a cheat and a swindler didn’t constitute a defense. Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2022 An 18th century lithograph owned by a Boston historical group shows Attucks as the victim of a brutal beating, a far cry from the lead scoundrel responsible for a massacre. Andy Peters, ajc, 5 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of scoundrel

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scoundrel

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“Scoundrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of scoundrel

: a mean or wicked person

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