plural -s
chiefly Scottish
: scoundrel, scamp, rascal
that skellum of a boy

Word History


Dutch schelm, from Low German, from Middle Low German, scoundrel, corpse, carrion; akin to Old High German skelmo person deserving death, scalmo pestilence, corpse, and probably to Lithuanian skelti to split

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“Skellum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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