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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But new statistics show that Ukrainians, Czechs, Poles, Lithuanians and Belgians are the true scoundrels. The Economist, "Norway has haddock enough of fish smugglers," 8 Aug. 2019 Estoril used to be a hangout for spies, scoundrels and socialites. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Scotland’s unexpectedly great food is a fare to remember," 25 July 2019 Later, in the 1870s, another notorious scoundrel, Orville Babcock — whom President Ulysses Grant couldn’t bring himself to get rid of — repeatedly swindled the Treasury of tax revenue. James M. Banner Jr., Time, "Corruption, Cover-Ups and the Shocking Presidential History to Remember as Robert Mueller Testifies," 22 July 2019 The rotund scoundrel appeared in three Shakespeare plays and is given a splendid eulogy in a fourth. Christopher Arnott,, "A funny, slapstick ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’ from Capital Classics," 15 July 2019 With the recent opening of Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, guests by the thousands have descended to mingle with the rogues and scoundrels laying low in this remote planetary outpost. azcentral, "Smugglers run: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge visitors are snatching, reselling items on Ebay," 26 June 2019 Jimmi Simpson plays James, a would-be scoundrel who stumbles upon the perfect plot after meeting a young man named Paul at a bar: get addicted to methadone so that he can be taken in by Paul’s estranged parents, the Browns. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Perpetual Grace LTD is worth subscribing to yet another streaming service for," 21 June 2019 The village is also a notorious hotspot for smugglers, scoundrels, and adventurers looking to avoid the First Order. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How Disney Built a Star Wars Planet," 3 June 2019 The greatest scoundrels are the holy men, who take their vows to hide some misdeed. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: They Fall to Earth, We Know Not Where," 18 Jan. 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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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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