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
Recent Examples on the Web For all of these reasons and more, Rudy Giuliani is 2019’s scoundrel of the year. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "America’s Toady," 18 Dec. 2019 That image became the progenitor for all the monocle-wearing villains of the 20th century, from Colonel Klink in Hogan’s Heroes to the Marvel Comics scoundrel Wolfgang von Strucker. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, "Monocles Were Never Cool," 13 Oct. 2019 Everyone’s favorite Star Wars scoundrel gets an inessential but mostly enjoyable spin-off. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," 22 May 2018 Adit Dileep, Jennean Farmer and Carl Hendrick Louis each portray numerous characters who handle Mlima’s tusks for a a while then move them on to other scoundrels. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: ‘Mlima’s Tale’ at Westport Playhouse a riveting indictment of the elephant ivory trade," 7 Oct. 2019 There was Reuben Kolb, a perennial gubernatorial candidate who cried voter fraud as he was thrice defeated by scoundrels in the 1890s. John Archibald |, al, "Remember those who banged their heads against the wall," 18 Sep. 2019 But the company’s president, Brad Smith, has increasing misgivings about how thieves, terrorists and scoundrels have weaponized those tools, and how the industry has failed too often to thwart them. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Microsoft’s president chides Facebook, urges new approaches to combat weaponization of tech," 8 Sep. 2019 But, cut off from the rest of the city by the foul-smelling Washington City Canal, its isolated grounds attracted muggers and other scoundrels looking for easy prey. Smithsonian, "The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club," 4 Sep. 2019 Names of scoundrels who delivered the 2008 financial crisis to the world still adorn many New York museums. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Museum Happenings: Protesters Stage a Die-In in NYC, and Students Accuse Staff of Racism in Boston," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of scoundrel

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scoundrel

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23 Dec 2019

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“Scoundrel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 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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