skellum

noun
skel·​lum | \ ˈskeləm \
plural -s

Definition of skellum

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

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History and Etymology for skellum

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skellum. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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